Most people, I assume, have something that they consider their best talent. For some, that talent might be off-the-chart amazing. For others, their talent may be mediocre, but it’s still the best one they’ve got. I’d imagine most people though, have at least one talent that they are pretty darn good at.
My main talent is writing. It’s not the talent I always wanted to be best at, though. My entire life’s focus centered around technology, specifically web design and development. I love that field, but as much as I hate to admit it, it’s not what I’m best at. I’m good, sure, but as I mentioned, my main talent is writing. (Not that you’d necessarily know that by reading some of my latest blog posts, which I’m not agonizing over to get them just right).
So today’s Bloganuary writing prompt is to discuss “what I like most about my writing”. I think that can be taken two different ways. It could mean “what do I like most about writing” or “what do I like most about my specific writing”. In other words, am I judging how I feel about the act of writing, or am I judging how I feel about how well I write? I’m going to take the angle of “how do I feel about the act or writing”, or even, ” how much do I enjoy writing”?
What You Do Best – Is It Your Passion?
If you read any self-help or entrepreneurial books or articles, you’ll almost always read several that talk about your passion.
- What are you passionate about?
- Follow your passion.
- Do what you love and you’ll love what you do.
You know what I mean.
I know writers who are intensely passionate about writing. They NEED to write. They are consumed with writing.
I’m not one of those people, which might come as a surprise to those who know me.
It’s what I do best, and I don’t hate it, but it’s just a part of me. I don’t enjoy it as much as I enjoy digging into tech-related work.
Ok, I’m Not Passionate About It, But Do I Enjoy Writing?
To answer the question that I used for the title of the post… Do I enjoy what I do best? Meh. I suppose. To some degree, I do. But it doesn’t give me the same sense of wonder and excitement that some of my lesser talents give me. I’m okay with that, I think.
I appreciate that I’ve been blessed with this talent, however. I can earn a good living because of it. Writing enables me to entertain or inform others. Writing my novel, for example, gave me a huge sense of satisfaction that I’d not only completed it but that so many people loved reading it.
I wonder if I’m alone in this. I wonder if most people truly enjoy what they do best, or if it’s also just a part of them that they accept, and maybe appreciate, but don’t particularly have a huge passion for.
And Yet, I’ll Always Write
Even if I’m not passionate about writing, it’s still an innate part of my being. It’s my best form of communication. Writing allows me to express creativity in ways that are unique to me. No one else could have written The Grave Blogger exactly as I did. They might be able to tell a similar story, and perhaps in a way that is much more entertaining than mine. But my story is mine alone. Everything I write is a part of my legacy, which sounds pretentious, but I don’t mean it to be. All I mean is that my writing is a reflection of me. I don’t have a lot to leave this world, but my words will linger on at least for a while after I’m gone.
The original question, “what do I like most about my writing” could also be answered in this way. The thing I like most about my writing is that my writing is a bit of me that I leave behind as a marker of myself.
What about you? Are you passionate about what you do best? Do you enjoy your main talent more than you enjoy lesser talents? If not, does that bum you out?