Be it talents or qualities, we all have things we are good at. What's yours?
Procrastinating. I'll tell you why later.
Remembering facts and random things. I'm a pretty good teammate when it comes to Trivia Night!
Adjusting to new music. I find it really easy to get into new genres. If that doesn't count, I like to think I'm a half-decent writer.
I think they both definitely do count. I am myself somewhat similar in that I also like a very wide range of music.
I'm absolutely amazing at pretending to be slightly below average at things when really I have no idea what's going on
We share this skill, it's how I got my current job! :P
Playing the violin
That's awesome. I think the cello would be an interesting instrument to learn to play one day.
I also picked up a guitar last year and mean to learn it, but I have just been too busy for it.
Mutilating the bodies of the ancient dead to my desire.
...woodworking. I'm good with wood. I've only been doing it for four years or so, so I'm not an expert, but I do my best. It's definitely the stand out thing at the moment.
I'm good at academic things, but because they come to me easily I've never developed any kind of study work ethic so while my grades are decent they are not outstanding (except in woodwork, where I'm top of the class, but that runs on passion I just don't have for statistics).
I'm also funny, in my own way. I'm incredibly resilient, and I never give up. This feels weird now. I think it's best I don't admit to knowing any more positive qualities about myself, or I'll reveal how self-centered I am in my very first post here.
Wasting time. If I genuinely have nothing to do or I'm bored I can always find some way to make the time pass quickly.
I'm good at being above average at EVERYTHING, but never the best at anything. It's weird. Anyone here know what I mean?
Oddly enough, writing. I have to admit I very rarely publish my work online and even more infrequently share it with others, but I've never had issues with coming up with an idea and describing it in a set theme. Due to this talent of sorts I would get cocky with essays and similar type projects in school - and very rarely was this cockiness punished, so I suppose I didn't learn my lesson of putting things off until the last minute, haha.
For fun I'll have friends give me a single word and just... build an entire story or scene around it. Helps as a creative outlet, you know?
Making music. At least that's what some people say.
What kind of music?
Oh cool! Do you have a SoundCloud or something like that?
Yep! I haven't posted in a while so it's a bit outdated, but here it is
Standardized tests. I test well, and it's a talent I'm glad to have; makes it much easier to do well in school, since I'm terrible at essays.
Networking and tech support, though I wish I wasn't - it's the bane of my existence...
somehow knowing people moods and other stuff
I'm pretty good at learning languages. I ranked 13th in Latin at the Junior Classics League National Championships when I was in high school. I also studied Spanish and German and taught myself Tolkien's Quenya Elvish. After one semester abroad in China and another semester of study in New Zealand, I knew and spoke enough Chinese to live and work in China without many hassles. I always wonder how people can study a language for years and still not be able to speak it. It usually only takes me about four months or so before my skills are usable.
What was it like in China? Which part of it did you visit?
I actually still live here, and will until the end of the month. I have visited Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Beijing (the "big three" as far as mainland cities are concerned) and I live in Shandong province, so I have been to Jinan, Qingdao, Qufu, Liaocheng, Gaomi, Changyi, and Rizhao. The city I live in (Gaomi or 高密) is small by Chinese standards - only about 800,000 people total. It is hard to distill the essence of living in China into a comment, but I'll do my best.
It is definitely different from living in a western, developed country, but it isn't like living in the third world. Most people have smart phones, but cars are still pretty scarce. I and most of the people I know travel by electric scooter. Public transportation is MUCH better than in the US, Canada, or New Zealand. I can grab a taxi to anywhere in the city for about US$1. However, there are also those culturally different things that make us western 老外
Wow, it seems Snapzu cut off most of my comment reply... I will rewrite it later, but if you have specific questions feel free to ask, too!
To me that sounds like a super power more than anything
Skiing, I used to ski race for my state team and now I guide in the back country!
I am really good at being mediocre at everything but good at nothing, its a gift and a curse
Theorycrafting. Give me a game (video games, tabletop etc...), leave me a few weeks and when you get back I will have tons of paper and a few excel sheets ready for min-maxing the shit out of it.
About 2 years ago I started writing my own music as a means of expressing myself because I felt it was the only medium that could help at the time, and didn't try before because before that I thought "there's no way I'd be able to write music! Only talented people can do that"
Well I started writing and it wasn't terrible. Then I realised I wanted to keepwriting but needed to get better at guitar to continue writing more so I took up guitar lessons to help. Now, 2 years down the line, with the encouragement of my teacher, I'm playing my first small live performance for friends and family (+/- 60 odd people), with most of my own stuff as the material, at the end of this month. So I guess, I can kind of write and play music and also sort of sing too haha.
(Being put on the right meds which therefore hugely boosted my self-esteem helped me change my view about my abilities a little :P Still sometimes catch myself feeling like people are just being nice to me though)
Congratulations, that's really awesome! You've motivated me to pick up my guitar and give it a chance.
It's worth it man. And worst case scenario, you have some fun jamming on a guitar,but my money is on, once you are trying, you'll start to make some cool stuff. :) Good luck
disappointing everyone all the time
Programming and Video Content creation (I like to think that).
I always had a knack for programming so I kinda got into it to the point where I do it for a living now. Video content creation is a hobby of mine and I really enjoy doing it and I have learned tons about it and I still learn new stuff every day!
Those are both also hobbies of mine! Well, to a certain extent.
Programming is an endeavor I mean to undertake and perhaps even do for a living at some point.
I've always enjoyed video editing as well and do it when I get the chance for small things such as travel and family videos, which often end up being somewhat over-produced for what they are haha.
Haha I know exactly what you mean! "Hey can you put our Holiday Video on DVD?" proceeds to make cuts, stabilizing the cam, clean the audio, author DVD menu... "Here you are, only took me two months!"