I have talent a mile wide and an inch deep. As a kid I wanted to try my hand at everything. I didn't actually try everything, but I did try many things... and I was pretty good at several of them.
But I never stayed at one talent long enough to become an expert. I always wanted to move on to learn something else. To become a sort of Jill-of- all-talents.
I danced. I took tap and ballet classes. When I became older I added some jazz classes and I also did some ballet on pointe. I took acrobatics and helped with the young classes.
Then I moved on.
I went the musical way. I began instrumental music classes. I chose the trumpet because my grandfather and mother before me had played the trumpet. My grandfather played gigs in nightclubs as a young man and my mother told me stories of when she played in her high school marching band. I wanted to continue the legacy, so I learned to play the trumpet. I learned on my grandfathers trumpet that had been passed down to my mother and now to me.
Within a few years I decided to learn guitar and I took lessons at a community class given at our library. Years later when I had children, I bought a piano and made sure they took lessons-- and I learned with them.
Artistically, I tried my hand at pottery, stained glass, painting, and drawing. I learned to crochet and to knit. I did needlework to hang on my walls.
Athletically, I played volleyball and I swam.
In college I was known among friends as the queen of theory- I had a good grasp of the several theorists we had to know and their respective theories. I also had a knack with APA. When a friend needed help strengthening a paper with theory or had questions about how to cite something they would come to me for advice. Could that be my talent??
I never focused on one thing and did it so well to be known for that talent. Instead I dabbled along and had a well-rounded life doing a little bit of everything and learning an appreciation for everything.
So I have no real talent...just experiences. But oh, what a wonderful life.
What is your talent?