04 Jan Talents
As many of you know, I am a big fan of musicals. When I was a kid, I used to perform in school plays. I was in a play almost every year from second grade until I graduated from the eighth grade. Sometimes I had a minor role, like when I was a spoon in the third grade in our production of Mary Poppins, and other times I had a major role, like when I was one of the witches in Macbeth the Musical in the fifth grade. No matter the role, I always enjoyed performing. I was able to get out there on stage and be someone else, if only for a moment, and that was appealing. I didn’t mind putting in the extra work to be in the play either because I enjoyed it. Skipping recess for rehearsals and staying at school until after the sun went down to rehearse some more and to help build sets was a small price to pay to be able to step out there on the stage and entertain the audience. It wasn’t a burden for me to spend my free time memorizing my lines because I knew that all of my hard work would pay off in the end. When I got to high school, I stopped performing, however, because I ran out of time. I had a fairly busy schedule when I was in elementary school and junior high, but the activities that I participated in in high school increased tenfold. I had to manage high school sports, AP and honors classes, Saturday school, church organizations, and school organizations, so something had to go, and for me, that was acting in school plays. And to be fair, it was probably for the best because as I think back to my performances now, I realize that I wasn’t very good. Yes I liked being on stage, but just because I liked doing it didn’t mean that I was any good at it. My talents lied elsewhere, and they still do today. But even though I don’t perform anymore, I still find myself wishing from time to time that I was talented enough to do it.
Whenever I go and see a new play I’m always impressed with just how talented the performers are. They can sing, dance, and act, which is something that I long to do but am not good enough to do. These feelings are magnified even more when I watch kids perform on stage. They are million times better than I ever was when I was their age, and I have said on more than one occasion that those little ones have more talent in their pinky toes than I do in my entire body. When I saw School of Rock the Musical I was even more impressed than I am normally because the kids on the stage could sing, act, dance, and play musical instruments. I left that production thinking that they were, without a doubt, more talented than me. But even though this is something that I say and think fairly often, I realize that it’s not completely true. Yes these individuals have an extreme amount of musical talent, but that doesn’t make them more talented than me in everything. I’m good at lots of things, and some of these things those performers that I love watching so much couldn’t do even in their wildest dreams. And that’s okay.
Positive thinker everybody has their strengths and weaknesses. What you have to do is, find out what your strengths are and use them to your advantage to create a life that you love. If everyone in the world could sing, dance, and act perfectly then it wouldn’t be so impressive when someone did it. If everyone knew exactly what to say when someone was feeling bad then it wouldn’t make it so special when it happened. If everyone out there could physically heal people then it wouldn’t be as magical when it happened, and so on and so forth. It’s good that we’re all unique and that we have different things that we can bring to the table. It makes our world more diverse and better because of it. Your talents are important so make sure that you don’t hide them away. Use them and you and the world will be better off because of it!