Everybody is talented
Everybody is talented because everybody who is human has something to express.
- Brenda Ueland
The other day in social media I posted a picture of a cat painting I had painted years back. Someone sighed in the comments he hated people who had many talents (we are friends so he was not really hating anyone, just being frustrated). Which got me thinking about how we perceive talents.
It seems most people think a talent is something to do with traditional creativity. Music, dance, painting, writing... Or academic talent like acing in math or remembering every damn year in history books by heart.
And if a person cannot sing, has no sense of rhythm, can't draw a stick figure let alone write a novel, calculate percentages in their head or tell you when Charlemagne was born, they think they have no talent.
Well. Actually such talents are only a small part of a much wider spectrum of talents.
It is a talent to be able to lift someone's spirits.
It is a talent to be organised.
It is a talent to get along well with children.
It is a talent to understand animals.
It is a talent to be able to cook delicious dinners.
Being good at customer service when every conceivable personality contacts you is an enviable talent.
It is definitely a talent to keep a household running without life turning into too much of a chaos.
So even if you don't sing, write, dance or be a chess master, don't you ever think you don't have a talent. You do. Think what you love to do - probably your talent is hidden / in plain sight right there.