T is for Talent
One of my resolutions I made coming into 2017 was to read more. I've always been a writer but reading has always been cringe worthy. Find me with the latest edition of Glamour but a book? Nah, not for me. It's a bittersweet resolution because I've possibly read more books for leisure this year than I have my entire life. I've read books ranging from self-help to creative fiction. Needless to say, I've become a self-proclaimed book worm.
My latest read has been Home by Toni Morrison which centers around the main character, Frank, returning home from the Korean War. I won't go deep into the book but I would recommend it. I remember my non-reading days and hearing people say that books have the power to transform and inspire you. I never really understood that phrase until I actually made it a point to incorporate reading into my daily schedule.
Find your talent and drive it.
That six word sentence is a line from Home and when I read it, I knew it was for me. I remember being a kid and feeling like there were no limits. There were no glass ceilings waiting to be broken. There were no bills waiting to be paid. There were no wage gaps between me and my less qualified colleagues. I had dreams and in my head, there was nothing that would hold me back from these. Then reality set in.
Reality came in the form of critics, tough college classes, self-defeat,$70,000 in loans, and a slew of other boobie traps that had planted themselves on my path to success. Somewhere along the line I stopped dreaming because reality was pressing and it was no room for things that were a wish and hope away. I found myself in a state of simply existing. Doing enough to get by but not nearly enough to take me to the next level. I was living life but I can't say it was truly my best life.
In my recent years, I found myself at a tough intersection unaware of which turn to take. I had been just fine being normal and quieting the voice in my head but I wanted more. What was my more? It was doing whatever found it's way into my heart. Whether it was traveling, leaving my job, being okay with a relationship ending, moving from my comfort zone, and the list continues. I chose to take the path less traveled and was left in the dark with not so much a GPS signal to guide the way.
I found my talent and I'm driving it. For me, finding my talent was opening myself to the universe and allowing it to have it's way with me. I decided to use my God given talent as a writer to share it with other people. I decided against shying away from projects that would expose my worth. I took a chance and set up a freelance account so I could help others. I found it and I stuck with it and I'm in it now...cruising.
I can't tell you how many times I've heard someone say," but I don't have any talent". I won't ever agree with that statement but if you believe this to be true then listen up. If you believe you have no talent to find then find yourself. I can't even begin to explain the intangible weight I shed when I decided to just be myself. No facades...just me. There is an undeniable beauty that forms when we are in our truest form.
This is your daily reminder to do what makes you happy. It's your daily reminder to start planting seeds while you're in this rainy season so you see the growth once the storm is over. It's your daily reminder to always be true to you and to stick with it even when others tell you not to. It's your reminder to find your talent and drive it...at any cost.