I have a friend, who, when people ask her what her talents are, says, “I’m a really good reader.”
I love that.
I always pause when that question comes up. Can I sing? Nope. Play the piano? Not as well as I should, given that I took ten years of lessons. (Cue the unfortunate incident in my church congregation in London where the music leader asked if I would fill in for the usual pianist, and I ended up just playing the top hand for all the songs.) I’m not a great chef; I don’t keep an immaculate house; my garden is a little bit sad, my craft abilities are nonexistent. I don’t take great pictures; can’t sew or quilt; can’t draw or paint.
But my friend made me think. We’re all good at things. We all have talents. Sometimes they’re just not obvious ones.
I’m also a good reader, like she is. While I’m not the world’s best writer, I do work hard at it, and I think that’s a talent. I can write a very good lesson plan (I remembered this as I worked on some for a class to keep my teaching license current). I am really good at reading blogs but not so great at commenting. Okay, maybe now I’m stretching.
What are some unconventional/hidden talents you have? Don’t be shy.