I’ve always felt like I’m average at everything. There isn’t that one thing that I excel at. My husband, on the other hand, is great at everything he tries. It’s fun seeing him try new things and find new hobbies, but I wish I had that natural ease with things.
When I was in high school, I tried long boarding. I bought a board and would cruise around town. I was racing the guy I was dating, tripped over my foot, and scraped my face up on the concrete. He convinced me to get back on the board, but I didn’t use it much after that.
In middle school, I tried being in theater. I loved singing and theatrics, but I only participated in one musical. There may be more to that, but we can talk about it later. Anyway, I had one line in the musical and I would get so nervous when it came to that part. I definitely wasn’t a natural on stage.
Whenever I have tried to play video games, I am horrible at it. The only video game I have been god at is Kirby on our Nitendo 64. Man, I wish we had that game now. Every other game, I die instantly and can’t figure out the controls.
I love plants, but every time I try to have my own, I kill it. There was a cactus, succulent, ivy, mint,…but they all died.
Now, my husband on the other hand…
He is great at every video game he tries. He has hydroponic plants flourishing in our back room. Wood burning. Snowboarding. Darts. I think you get the point.
Now that I think about it, there are some things that I have picked up easily.
Archery was always something I was pretty good at. My family goes to a camp for the week once a year and I remember one year when I was about thirteen in particular. It was my first and only archery tournament (at a BoyScout camp – I’ll explain more later) and I was the only girl who participated. I got all bulls-eyes and won the competition.
When I was younger, my dad would take my brother and I to go target shooting. I always had good aim and would be able to hit almost anything he put out there.
Maybe we, as people, have an easier time pointing out what we are bad at than what we succeed at. I think it’s much easier to see other people’s successes than our own. We need to stop being so hard on ourselves. Nobody is great at everything, but we are all good at something. We just need to put the time into the things that we love doing so we can be better.
What are your good at that others might struggle with?