Yesterday, I was thinking about the fact that in all honesty, I don’t have very many interests. I’ll admit that I don’t have a lot of variety in my life, and it makes me nervous that I may be boring because of that. I’m one of those kinds of people who will stick to one or two things at a time and then move on to something else once I get bored with what I’m currently interested in.
This can mean interests in movies, books, and shows, and this means hobbies too. Writing is something I always come back to even if I spend periods of time doing almost no writing. I love to read, but sometimes I have a hard time finishing books. I want to make something that I can show other people besides written work but I don’t know where to start. Speaking of making things, the image below is a flower that my girlfriend made out of putty eraser.
You see? I wish I can do something like that. Growing up, I couldn’t ever really get myself into Legos even though I tried pretty hard. I remember getting Lego sets for my birthday or for Christmas because I asked for them, but I spent very little time putting them together. Now I know that every person is different and for me personally I work best with only one or two (or if I’m lucky, sometimes three) interests at a time. Instead of feeling depressed about it, there are several positive ways you can look at it.
1. Having only one or two interests at a time means that you will most likely master the craft you love - If you only have one interest for instance, assuming it’s a hobby, you’ll spend so much time and energy in that project until you master it and make it your very own. If you love writing, you will continue to write and write until you become the next John Grisham or Stephen King. If you’re single interest is in drawing, you can hone the craft until your drawings would be worthy of being hung up in an art museum. Having only one or two interests can be a blessing because all of your attention will be on it, which allows the talent you have to grow.
2. With fewer talents, there are fewer distractions - This isn’t to say that people with a wider range of talents are always distracted and are foolish. If you have fewer talents or interests, it’s for a reason. Not all of us can concentrate on more than one thing. Having only one or two talents allows us to dedicate all of our focus on it, which allows us to hone our skills.
3. Remember that God gave you your talents, whether there are very few or very many - By complaining about the talents or interests you don’t have rather than feeling blessed by the interests you do have, you forget that God himself placed those talents there. A perfect example of treating your God-given talents would be the parable of the talents. In the story, there were three servants who were each left with a sum of their master’s own money and two of them worked to double the amount they were given. The third servant however, buried the money until his master came back. He did not take advantage of what he was given or tried to be responsible with it, and for that, it made his master inevitably angry. Some versions of the Bible call the money in the story ‘talents’ for a reason, because that’s what the money was meant to represent. They represented the talents given to us by God. So it’s important to embrace what God has given us and use it according to His will.
It’s never too late to learn new things, and if you think you can handle it, by all means please do! It’s always good to expand our horizons, but while you’re still engaged in what you currently love doing, see it as a blessing and be excited because it can mean something big for you in the future.
“When you look at something, and you tend to use it, you have to emulate it and you have to understand it” – Monty Oum 1981-2015