Thursday, January 10, 2008

What talents do I have?

Growing up I did not think I had any talents. I would always ask my parents what my talents were and they would go on and on about my so called "talents". Then I would still think to myself- but I can't sing, I'm not a comedian- because I have terrible delivery, I can't run long distances, I'm not super smart, I can't act, etc...... Everyone has what my so called "talents" are. Everyone can make friends easily, everyone has a good work ethic, everyone can speak in front of a crowd, everyone can get up on a stage, everyone can do flips if they tried hard enough, everyone can be motivating, everyone has passion for what they love, everyone sees the glass half full, etc...... So- in a sense, because all this stuff came easily to me, I just figured it came naturally to everyone else too. Because of this I didn't think that what I could do were talents. I focused on what I couldn't do, and noticed them as talents in everyone else, and I would be in pure awe of those talents, and wished with every fiber in my being that I could do what they could. By doing this- and taking my focus off my natural talents- I started to be more and more unhappy with myself. I thought everyone else can do all these things, but me- and it is unfair! I want to sing like an angel, I want to be able to not study and still make an A+ on my test, etc..... Now, that I know certain things that I can do and possess do not come naturally to everyone, I'm able to view them as talents and try to share them with others. I'm able to continue to strengthen my talents by focusing on only those vs. trying really, really hard to carry a tune- but not getting anywhere, because I just don't have the "voice or ear" to do it. I'm proud of what I can do. Focusing on what I can do and not focusing on what I can't do, has helped me to be happy with myself and who I am and what I'm able to do. So, if you don't know where your talent lies, find that talent, and realize that it is unique to you and embrace it. Not everyone can do what you can do. Take that talent and share it, and be happy that you are you and that you are amazing in every aspect and smile:)


Candy said...

Hi! I wanted to check out your blogs (wow, you have 3!) and I really love this one. I love the way you focus on being happy... I'm totally with you on this. Will be visiting again! :o)