Talent. When people say talent, it sounds weird, “So what are your talents? What are you good at doing? What are you interested in?” They don’t understand that they are actually asking me three different questions. I’m interested in so many things: cars, food, painting, dogs, money, those are all things I’m interested in. What am I good at doing? Well for one I’m good at reading books, I’m good at thinking of funny jokes, I’m good at feeding the dogs, at least that’s what my dad says because they don’t seem to like anyone else as much. What are my talents? I really don’t know. Are they hobbies, or are they the activities that I enjoy ? Are they the things that come naturally to me, what I do outside the classroom for fun? I know I like playing football sometimes but I’m definitely not as good as Alvin. I like listening to good music but even God knows I cannot play a flute as well as Njambi. So what are my talents? Well I’m good in class, I’m good in mathematics and reading and writing, so does that mean I am talented?
I think in pictures, and so do you, but you don’t do it like me. You will go ahead and say “cat” and the first thing that will come to my mind is Garfield; I will laugh by myself at this thought, then start drawing so many pictures of Garfield and everyone will think that it’s finally happened, I have finally gone crazy.
Did someone say cat? I love cats! They are so smart, and cute and huggable. I really like cats, and dogs, and rabbits, and strawberries. Okay fine, I just like animals and nature, all kinds of animals, even ducks. Who likes ducks?- I do!!
Duck! In fact that’s exactly what I did. I ducked that tackle. These guys don’t know that I’m actually quite good at this; that if you try to slide-tackle me, you will miss and I will embarrass you. I’m Messi on that football field, no, not messy like my room, Messi like Barcelona. Got it?
Barcelona? Bar-seeh-loner? No. Bus-eh-lowna? No. People really like to misspell things right?The word is there; if you say it enough times, you will probably get the spelling right. I read about Barcelona in a travel magazine. I like to read a lot, and I’m actually about to start learning Spanish so that when I go to Barcelona, I won’t feel lonely. That’s for later though, right now let me concentrate on Mr. Omondi and his Swahili class. He’s about to misspell something. I know it.
This Swahili class; I don’t understand much. All I’m really thinking about at the moment is my drum-set, my piano at home and how I will learn how to play the saxophone. I use my biro pen more for drumming against my desk more than I use it to write “misamiati”. I drum so many songs in my head; I make so much music in my head. Whenever my friends say something I already know how to make it rhyme and I already have a beat in my head.
Someone said friends; I love my friends! They make me so happy; they make me laugh and cry and comfort me when I am sad and laugh at me when I’m in trouble. I guess I genuinely like people, because I make friends easily, and my friends come to me for comfort and advice when they have problems. Most of the time when the teacher asks who will lead our class presentations, people look at me; and when the teacher needs someone to pass a message to the students, they call me. I guess they know that I like everyone and everyone likes me so they’ll listen to me.
I don’t think that everyone in class likes me; but it’s okay, not everyone has to like me because the important thing is that I like myself. I know that I’m a bit awkward, and I’m not so popular but I also know that I’m smart and inventive and I know how to tell when I’m sad or when I’m happy and when I’m about to do something I’ll regret. I know myself really well, no one can take advantage of me, but I’m also learning how to learn others too. Maybe they’ll start to see I’m just calculated and introverted and not a snob.
Calculated. Calculations. I don’t know why but I like counting things and solving maths problems and figuring out Sudoku puzzles. I can sit with a newspaper and crack the whole Sudoku puzzle like a hobby, the way my brother plays the piano or my sister has many friends. I’m usually the best in math in my class and that makes the teachers really like me. I like it when things make sense, and I think that’s why I’m so good at math, because it’s easy for math to make sense. I don’t know why everyone else finds ratios and percentages so difficult to understand. I feel like I have no talents though. It’s like I’m only good in class.
Sometimes people try to define talents as “being outside of an academic ability” when really it’s not. Our talents actually come from our mental processes and how we take in information about the world and organize it into our internal mind cabinets. Some of us learn about the world through music, others learn about it through our interactions with nature and animals, others through engaging with others around the world, others through generating theories in their heads about how the world works, others through sports and being in touch with their body functions, others by drawing mathematical and logical connections in their minds about the world, others through words and languages and others still by coming up with mental images that help them understand things better. Our modes of learning define our talents; and our talents are developed by realizing how we learn and take in information. Someone who likes to play with words is likely a talented writer, someone who learns through role playing is likely a good actor or dancer, someone who learns through interacting with others is likely a good leader and so on.
Other people can develop your talent, but you first need to know how you open yourself up to the world and through this knowledge, you can easily discover what your talents are. We can wait for people to help us develop our talents or we can start that journey ourselves, now. Everyone has a talent, whether it is appreciated by our societies or not, finding it is always the first step. Happy discovery! ☺
Author: Martie Mtange | Date Created2016-10-18 03:15:18 | Comments: 0