Thursday, September 19, 2013

Accepting Our Non-Talents

There is a lot of stuff out there in our Pinterest era of living that assures us we can develop any talent we choose.
We can have the perfect body.

We can literally DIY anything and everything! 

Seriously DIY everything.

We can make a Christmas tree out of cardboard. 

We can be financial planners.

We can craft our children's lunches into themed artwork.

Basically, by now we should all be professional chefs, party planners, seamstresses, graphic designers, photographers, interior decorators, and we should do all these things while rocking the perfect sock bun and slathering everything we own in coconut oil. Now don't get me wrong, it is good to learn new things and develop new skills. But it is even better to learn that you're not going to be good at everything you try and that is perfectly fine.

My personal talent acquisition panic started when my son was about to turn one and I felt he needed some beautiful pictures taken to commemorate such a milestone. I live in a small town and the only photographer quoted me a mini fortune (like really, I almost fell over dead.) I felt a moment of sadness and then I quickly decided that I could just use Pinterest to become my own professional photographer...

It didn't work out so well.

He refused to be put down for his feet to dangle in the sand.
Also there are people standing in the background. Nice one Annie Leibowitz.

It's safe to say that I am not a (professional, good, satisfactory, or even adequate) photographer.

I am however, a writer, a reader, a singer, a runner, a cook, and a professional Diet Coke consumer. It's okay that my list doesn't include photographer. My list doesn't have to include every conceivable talent that one might develop. Just because I'm not talented at everything, that doesn't make the things I am talented at any less special or meaningful. There isn't one magical person out there who is talented at everything. We all have unique strengths and talents that we bring to the table (the farmhouse table that we built ourselves right?), and conversely we all have things we are just not talented at, even Martha Stewart. She has to be bad at something. It's important in this Pinterest world to accept our non-talents so that we can give recognition and credit to the talents we do have. So let's all put down the coconut oil, take a few deep breaths and maybe stop thinking it's a good idea to make a chandelier out of twigs.

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Elise said...

*Slow clap*

Melissa said...

I was crying looking at the pictures you were trying to create. We must be soul sisters...because those are what my artistic photos look like as well.