Yesterday the church I attend (Mt. Zion Baptist Church) was blessed to have various artists from around the country perform their talents during service (they were in town for the Stellar Awards). While they were on stage singing and playing the piano I couldn’t help but be a little envious. Sometimes I wish God blessed me with the talent to sing (I’d even settle on carrying a note). It must be an awesome feeling to stand up in front of a crowd and have them listening to your voice and getting an ovation afterwards. While I wish I could sing I know that God blessed me with talent in other areas but today I’m going to focus on the things I wish I was talented or could do well.
1. Play a musical instrument.
If I had a choice of any instrument it would be the bass guitar. It just seems like such a cool instrument to play, fitting my personality perfectly. I would also go with the drums or the piano. I always wanted to be in a band. Not to be confused with the marching band. I thought that was corny, perhaps because I was/am an athlete.
2. Draw/paint well.
Growing up one of my brothers was an excellent artist. He could draw anything and it would look like Stan Lee himself created it. Even now I know a couple of artists who paint and paint well. I want to create something, anything artistic.
2008 Summer Olympic headlines were dominated by one name. Michael Phelps. Dude made swimming cool for like two weeks. Now that’s a feat considering on the totem pole of sports swimming ranks right above fencing and somewhere below the javelin throw. Then you have me. A dude who would probably drown in a 7foot deep pool. I can’t swim. Not even a little bit and its not for lack of trying. I’ve taken 4 swimming classes in life and 2 certified instructors told me that I have zero buoyancy. Its the point now whenever I drive/fly over a large body of water I think about drowning knowing damn well if a plane crashed in the ocean or my car went over a bridge I would probably die from the impact.
4. Fixing cars.
I’m not talking about changing a tire or changing the oil in a car. Last summer I got my CV axles on my car replaced. Labor alone cost me $150/side and that was a hookup. The dealer was going to charge me double that per side plus parts. I wish I knew how to fix transmissions, oxygen sensors, catalytic converters, etc. Not only would I save a bunch of money on maintaining my car but I could also make a grip on the side by fixing cars on the weekend.
Is there anything that you wish you did particularly well that you can’t do now?