In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Practice Makes Perfect?.”

‘Tell us about a talent you’d love to have… but don’t.’

I’m not going to lie, at 18 there are a lot of talents that I want to have – and hopefully master – the first would be growing a money tree, but as that’s impossible I suppose it would be:

  1. Playing acoustic guitar – I have all these images of playing an old, well-loved guitar on a beach somewhere as the sun comes up, a place where no one knows my name, where there is nothing but me and the horizon and endless possibilities.
  2. Riding a bike – I know this is probably akin to a crime, but I never learnt how to ride a bike. I’m not really sure why I never learnt because I had a bike, I think it was probably due to fear of falling off and getting hurt, now I wish I’d just learnt, because as a kid there is less of a way to fall when you do. There’s still time, so, maybe if I can’t afford to learn to drive (or just can’t drive), I’ll get on my bike.
  3. Horse riding – When I was younger I used to go horse riding, but I haven’t been for so many years I doubt I’d even know what to do. I love the smell of horses and hay, the strength and beauty of a horse. It’s just a matter of finding the time and money with this one, and I’d love to have my own horse to learn on, so it’s probably going to be awhile before I do re-learn, but you never know, look our 2020 Olympics!
  4. Baking and Cooking – I’m getting there with the cooking thing, and I’m not that bad at making bread and cakes, but I could be better, and I want to be. My mum is great at making cakes, and I want to do that for any future children I have. And I love the smell of freshly baked goods, it makes somewhere feel like home.
  5. Languages – I learnt French at school from year 1 to the end of year 9. I’m not going to lie, I NEVER got it. I just couldn’t understand French. Then, I did a Spanish GCSE in 2 years and got an A, so maybe I’m just not able to understand French, who knows. I’ve promptly forgotten and lot of Spanish, something I need to relearn. I’m also desperate to learn Italian – I love Italy and would love to live there one day. I wouldn’t mind learning German after doing it in year 9. I’d like to learn a little bit of Russian, some Chinese and loads of others!

I should probably say I want to master being honest or forgiving or something like that, but I see those as being a generally decent human being and things we should all aspire to master.

I think it’s actually a little sad that I’ve spent so much of my life being talented at school subjects, instead of things that I’m passionate about. In 20 years time I’m not going to remember the order of elements on periodic table, but I’m going to regret never learning to play the guitar or speak a different language. Not that knowing the periodic table isn’t a talent, it’s just not one I want. Perhaps it’s time to stop waiting for ‘some time’ to do these things, and just go and do them, because, if not now, when?

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