So I've heard that everyone is good at something. That we each have some kind of skill that makes us unique. Well that makes everyone's self worth go up a fraction of a point, but how do we find this ability?
Well I definitely don't believe that we just have some special skill built into our brains or something ridiculous like that. But I do think that our own traits and mindsets can predispose us to certain things. For instance, someone who has been around books all their lives and reads them regularly probably has a better arsenal and command of vocabulary. This could allow them to be a good writer or a fast reader. People who started playing sports early probably have better coordination and strength. But these are very simple and static examples. We can't possibly know everything about ourselves; there is much in our subconscious that we aren't aware of. So to find what abilities we have, we need to learn more about ourselves. But how do we do this?
Well the easiest way... trial and error. You have to try many new things to learn what your strengths and weaknesses are. Once you have this information, we can try things that fit into that mold and see what we might possibly have a gift for. It's like buying a pair of shoes. You keep trying on different pairs until you find one that fits and is comfortable. You might learn that you don't have the best writing skills, or maybe you can't jump very far. But as you narrow things down, certain things might catch your eye. Maybe you have a knack for writing code, or you can throw a mean punch. Whatever it is, you acknowledge your weaknesses but discover strengths in return.
So you found a new skill... but what to do with it? The possibilities are infinite. But the only way to find the perfect shoe for your mental feet is to keep on trying them until you find the best pair. And when you do, you have gained a possibly interesting new hobby, or even a job opportunity. Maybe we will never know every last thing about ourselves, but we sure as hell can try.
A not very timely note
This was a blog I once wrote during my high school and early college years. I keep it around for nostalgic purposes, but it is quite obviously no longer updated. I am looking to make a more professional blog presence in the future, but I still like to look at where I was mentally at certain points in time.
- G. Jan 2013
- G. Jan 2013