Friday, September 21, 2007

Which one would you pick?

I don't have a lot of hidden talents. Or, if I do, they're REALLY hidden, even from me.

There was a time in my life I would have given anything to have been an Olympic gymnast. I'm over that. I'd like to be able to dance, though part of me is still convinced that, given the proper training, I could've.

I'd like to have an eye for interior design. But I can hire people for that. And I'd like to say I wish I had a real gift for investing, but the truth is I'm really not all that interested; I just want the results.

But what I really wish I could do that I can't at all is sing.

It's not modesty that says I can't. I went to a really small high school - everyone who tried out for anything made it. But the look on our music director's face when I tried out for choir . . . I know he wouldn't have let me in, except he needed me too much in band that he didn't dare upset me. He put me between two people who could sing and told me to be soft. In drama, I got the biggest parts in the play where you didn't have to sing a solo.

But it seems like it would be fun. To sing along in the car, or with other people at parties. To be able to say, "do you know this song?" and what came out of my mouth was recognizable enough that someone could identify it. So if I got to pick a talent I don't have, I'm pretty sure that's the one I'd choose.

So if you could pick one talent you don't have . . . what would it be?



Betina Krahn said...

Susie, I'd love to have more musical talent and to be able to play instruments. . . especially these days, the piano. Now, I had piano lessons and was in band all through jr. high and high school, but I was never any good. sigh. I hated piano because I had a classical teacher who disliked me and made me do scales and finger exercises ad nauseum. The year before I quit taking lessons, I changed teachers and realized for the first time that music could be FUN! Sad but true.
I'd love to be able to sit down at a piano and express myself musically-- without damaging the hearing of everyone in a two mile radius.

I also always wanted to ice skate. All those years of watching figure skating at the Winter Olympics. . . I used to dream of doing my own double axels. But now, I'd be happy just to be able to glide around without smacking my tuchus!

Helen Brenna said...

Oh, this is fun to think of.

My first thought was playing piano, too, but then I remember taking classical guitar in college and really liking it.

That's it, classical guitar. With a lot of practice, I think I'd be okay.

Now, if we're picking something we wish we could do, but don't have a chance in hell of ever being good at ... then it's painting/drawing.

Kaitlin said...

I would love to be able to draw really well. With my writing sometimes I need a visual aid and I can't draw worth crap. I can color with the best of 'em, but sometimes I want what's in my head down on paper. It drives me batty when I can't. *sigh*

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