10 January 2010

Jack of all trades...master of none...

As I am initiating myself into this blog eat blog world, I am curious about how long I will actually sustain this one of mine.  I have to admit, I am one of those characters who seem to try everything, but never excel at anything.  My goal in life is to be really, really, really good at something.  However, I have yet to find what that "something" is.  I am a mediocre piano player - after 10 years of lessons I have no understanding of theory.  I tried to parlay my limited music skills into guitar playing.  I taught myself how to play and sing "Take Me Home Country Roads" in sixth grade, but have never excelled past that.  In the past couple years I have taken to learning Russian (which I have stopped and started at least 3 times, yet I still don't even know the Cyrillic alphabet), crocheting (after a three foot chain I put my "scarf" aside to work on later), cake decorating (I was fairly decent at this after an initial fiasco of flying cake and icing of which Brad had to clean up), dental school (which got waylaid after I realized that I would have to supplement my chemistry degree with additional biology courses), knitting (which didn't even get to the stage of buying the needles), a restaurant review website (which still has basic template features still in it), and racquetball (I didn't have anyone to practice with after I hit Brad square in the chest with a 50 mph ball).  I'm sure there are many things that I am fogetting, as it seems I tend to pick up something new at least once a month.  Currently, I am trying to: learn Russian (heh heh), learn how to sketch (which has actually been very interesting - I am following a book called "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" which breaks it down for this very left minded person),  teach myself guitar (again), sing in front of an audience (so far I have been able to sing in front of my roommate...when she is on the other side of the room...behind the closets....out of sight), and write the great American novel (or write anything for that matter - this is a start, I suppose).  I have read all those inspirational quotes and warm fuzzy books about living my life to the fullest.  I am very motivated for approximately 10 days.  And then it gets frustrating.  I suppose I am looking for that one skill where I miraculously have instant knowledge and become a master in 9 days.  Hasn't happened yet.  I guess that may be a little optimistic.  So, if you don't see a blog entry after 17 Jan, don't worry - I'm still alive...My attention span probably expired.