I’m not the best when it comes to talking about things I’m good at. That doesn’t mean I’m not good at things. It just means I don’t tend to dwell on it. But now I’m going to dwell, because I’m trying to do these daily prompts (I know, you thought I was a good leader, but you find out I’m a good follower too). So I’m going to do the list thing, uh, in no particular order. I’m good at:
1. Reading. I’m a speed reader, so I tend to skim parts that just aren’t interesting enough to me, or that I realize pretty quickly have no bearing on the outcome of the story. Like with a Stephen King book, I know that at least half of it will be of that variety, and I can get to the ending much faster.
2. Editing. I’m a great proofreader. That’s not to say that I enjoy proofreading (okay, so you caught me. I love love love proofreading), but it is a skill I happen to possess. That also means I can generally look at a paragraph, figure out the filler, insert synonyms for word choice issues, and invert sentences at will, and very quickly. This skill is a great one to have for a teacher. Which I am.
3. Listening. I’m a pretty good listener. At least my three friends say so, you know, when I’m not talking. Now, you all know I like to talk, but when someone has something they really want to tell me, or they want my advice, I can sit there and listen with the best of them, formulate some advice, and talk when necessary.
4. Tennis. I was a varsity tennis coach for six seasons (and I hope to get back into that in the future), and there’s something to be said for having that analytical brain to coach a sport you love. I have always loved tennis, and I was a good player in my time, as well. My tennis teams always had winning records and set individual goals.
5. Talking. This one goes without saying. I can talk the paint off a roof. The thing about me is that my brain goes about a million miles a minute and my mouth simply cannot keep up. Not for lack of trying, though. The room may be silent when I enter, but it doesn’t stay that way for long. Amazingly enough, though, I never monopolize conversations, unless someone has personally asked me to do so (it happens).
6. Singing. I know. American Idol won’t let me audition because I’m over 30, but I’ve still got The Voice or the X Factor, so I might just have to take my pick. And no, I’m not like one of those people whose friends and family say they can sing, but then they sound like two cats in heat. For real, though. I’m the real deal. I was even going to be on a cover album, but it fell through. We’ll see.
7. Writing. Well, you’re reading this, and liking it, aren’t you?
Yeah, that hurt my brain. To the transporter.