wow you're mute? interesting i've seen some posts by you before, i always though you spoke in a very proper way, with a nice warm voice. sorry, in my head everyone looks like their avatar and i don't tend to think they're not the same as the picture, be it anime or otherwise. might be a good thing, since i don't care who you are in real life [age, gender, so on] it comes down to what you have to say/type.
you make an excellent point, magic isn't reserved for the few who were taught by a certain person from a certain place, it's for everyone to do. like many things, it can be harder for others. myself, it's more rewarding that way. sometimes discouraging, but still very rewarding. i love painting but i suck at painting birds [among other things] so i sort of avoid painting birds in my work. this past summer, my grandfather asked me to paint a blue jar for him on this box at the cottage. i was worried i'd screw up, it took a while, but i actually painted a half decent looking bird. [best one i've ever done anyway] with magic, it's how much effort you put in that will bring you success.
and in regards to speaking words aloud, while a booming voice can bring conviction to a spell, i don't tend to say my spells aloud, and when i do, it's tends to be in a whisper. i focus more on visualization than chants. pretty much anything in this life can be done if you're determined to do it.