We all have talents. Abilities. Gifts.
Some of us were born with these traits, and some of us have to work extremely hard to develop them. Some of us have to...'ah, push it, push it real good!" I just love using Salt N Peppa lyrics to illustrate my points! :).
As a youth, I found the things that came most naturally to me were sports. Not music. Not dance. I was in dance for six years and I could never once do the splits! Seriously. But when I picked up a tennis racket things came very easy to me. I can still remember the first lesson I ever took and the coach couldn't believe that I hadn't been playing for years. It made me feel so good. And after that, I thrived on tennis. I progressed. I got stronger. I devoted my life to developing my natural talent. And it took me places.
Now that I am an all-washed up middle-aged mom of four, who dabbles in the practice of law (and laundry)...what talent am I developing now? What am I thriving on now? I haven't played tennis in years.
Well, I'm writing. And while I find that it didn't come as naturally to me as tennis or other sports, I'm most definitely thriving on it. I am progressing at it. I am becoming a stronger story teller every day. I am devoting my life to developing what natural talent I have and pushing myself to improve on the things that don't come easily for me.
I think it's important for all of us to continue developing our talents. And maybe not just one at a time. We can have creative muscles we work on while at the same time flexing some of our physical muscles. For example, me and my CP Erin Summerill are going to run a half-marathon in 3 weeks.
Are you pushing yourself to develop your talents?