300 Writing Prompts: #95

“If you could have one talent that you do not naturally have, what would it be?”

UPLB's+Got+Talent+2014Where do I start? I envy people who can think spatially. I’ve never been able to be able to figure out in my head how things fit together. I need a paper and pencil, that visual nicely laid out on the page, in order to properly figure it out, but I’ve met people who can throw it all together inside their brains, mess around with it, and then draw it out, or just explain it to someone else who has the same talent and they never write it down. It’s already there, fully fleshed out, in their mindscapes.

Then there’s that ability to carry a tune. I like to think I’m a good singer, and sometime, on certain songs, I can sound somewhat on key, but if I’m being brutally honest with myself I’m more a mimic than anything else. If I’m singing a Peter Gabriel song I sound exactly like him to my own mind’s ear, so much so that I can’t extricate myself from the mimicry long enough to see if maybe I could sing the song well in my own tune, at my own pace.

Oh yeah, and I can’t draw either. I’ve tried sketching things several times before, but I usually just revert to my stick figures because people can’t tell what I’m drawing. I do okay when I’m copying something frame by frame, but that’s not really a talent, is it? Then I watch my daughter sketch things from memory and I’m constantly amazed that she somehow got this skill when both her mother and I are not artistic in that way. If only.

Don’t get me wrong. I have many talents, and I wouldn’t trade the talents I do have for anything in the world. But if I could just add on a few more without losing any that would be ideal. That flying thing would be pretty cool too… you know, if I weren’t so afraid of heights.



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