Scintilla ’13: Day 5

For the next two weeks, I’ll be participating in The Scintilla Project.  What that means: they’ll be e-mailing me prompts, and I’ll be writing on them.  And if I fall behind, maybe this whole experiment will drag out for more than two weeks.

Day 5: What talent do you have that your usual blog readers don’t know about? Talk about a time when you showed it to its best advantage.

When I first read this prompt, I remembered that we workshopped the topic of Hidden Talents during this year’s Reverb.

I will hold to the original story.  I do not have a hidden talent.

I am okay with that.

Sometimes talent comes naturally.

I can whistle on the inhale and the exhale.  My hair is really excellent at being straight.  I am able to paint my right mitt with my left hand and it doesn’t look like a 1st grader got after it.  I can walk in heels all day without wanting to saw my feet off.

Talents.  I have them.

But a lot of times, talent doesn’t come naturally.  At all.  Sometimes you have to work really hard.  Sometimes you have to get uncomfortable.  Sometimes you have to attempt the impossible.

I never in my wildest dreams thought that I would be a runner, much less a marathoner.  I never imagined that I would prepare half of the meals that end up on our dinner table.  I never thought that I would write.

And yet, all of those things?  Are my life.

I guess, what I’m trying to say today, is that “never” doesn’t matter.

Your hidden talents aren’t the natural gifts you choose to hide.

Your hidden talents are the things you have yet to discover you can do.

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3 responses to “Scintilla ’13: Day 5

  1. I like the idea of this. In high school, my two best friends were both disgustingly talented…one a tremendous singer and the other a phenomenal artist. I was just…there. But, I’ve come a long way, writing, drawing, mothering, also having very straight hair. Thanks for this!

  2. Perfectly said…period. Love you so much,

    SHauna xoxoxxoo

  3. What a fun idea!!! Running is the best 🙂

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