To be or not to be - talented?
As I watched the return of the American Idol auditions, it got me thinking about talent and more importantly, knowing whether you have any or not. Watching AI, I never cease to be amazed at how many appalling singers are convinced they're seriously talented. And the family and friends often perpetuate the myth of their talent, when surely they must know the truth? At times it may have been painful, but I am eternally grateful that I come from a family of down to earth, tell it like it is northerners. As a result I always knew what I should perhaps pursue, and could tell from the laughter what I should leave well alone.I know there are some things I definitely do NOT have a talent for and even hard work is unlikely to improve that situation. These would include, but are certainly not exclusive to:Whistling - I make bystanders snigger and cats panicSinging - just NO, NO, NO!Drawing - never gonna sell a paintingMath - I always carry a calculatorAthletics - not limber, fit or coordinated!There are some people who are born with a latent natural talent that sets them apart from an early age. But for most of us we find out what we're good at given time, perseverance and favourable circumstances. This has certainly been my experience.I had a definite leaning towards some writing talent in school, I left wanting to pursue a career in journalism. But with the 'wisdom' of youth and a greater yearning to have fun, I didn't put in the work needed to turn my infant talent into a full-time career. Now I am finally starting to realise some of that potential, but I can never get back the years I lost and there are some inevitable regrets as a result.To be honest, this is the only talent I really feel was naturally there from the start. I have always just 'known' I could be a published author and write a book, but it still needs that inevitable hard work.Then there are the talents you develop with age and experience. For me this would only be photography, but it's not the same as my writing, it doesn't just flow from me. I know I'm not technically strong, but I have been told many times, I have an eye for composition and that's crucial to being a standout photographer. I am not into manipulating pictures for hours with Photoshop. I get all my pleasure and satisfaction from challenging myself to frame the picture perfectly or dramatically, with just what's in front of the lens.If I had been more inclined to school work in my teens, I might have pursued either one through college and now be making my fortune. But hey, it's never too late, or the Hubster hopes so anyway!Hubster believes I have other lesser but still noteworthy talents:Organisation - aka anally retentive!Cooking - he's just 'currying' favour!My Elvis lip curl - just comes naturally!So for all my 43 years of experience, I believe I have just two real talents to offer and now it's just down to me to maximise them. I am under no false illusions as to what I am good at and what I need to leave well alone. And despite the fact my greatest dream would have been to fill stadiums with my voice, you won't see me auditioning on Idol anytime soon!So I want to know, what are your talents and what have you done to realise there potential? And are you honest enough to own up to your biggest 'non' talent?