In Thursday’s post, Cur Tales talked about music [Talent]. Such pursuits have been on my mind latently. At the Alabama Phoenix Festival [FF: Push, Ghost, Yeller], I met the artist who draws The Devil’s Panties and discovered the world of webcomics. Now I want to draw my own. Unfortunately, my artistic ability ties with my musical talent for Things Not To Attempt In Public. Tuesday’s illuminated initial [Progress] is a direct result of attending artist panels at APF.
Part of becoming an adult is accepting what you are good at and what you should pay other folks to do for you. At the fire department, well-intentioned gentlemen insist that if I practice enough, I will grasp pump operations. Nope. Ain’t gonna happen. I recall standing in front of our old Engine 261 and listening to the Chief explain how the terribly simple front-mounted pumper worked. I could feel – really feel – the information draining out of my brain as he spoke. Ironically, if you gave me a book on pumps and tested me on the contents, I’d get a 98% and be pissed that I missed two. Yet still be unable to operate one in the field.
Music would help with riding. Mechanical aptitude, not as much. So what am I good at? I’m great on a deadline. I’m clever. I’m good with my hands.
Grace under pressure helps in jump-offs and at shows in general. More than one instructor has been stunned at how much better I ride in shows than at home. The downside is that I stink at the day-to-day diligence that builds solid progress. Clever is good for building LEGO models and solving crossword puzzles, but not for riding. Early on, I had a riding teacher tell me that I had a fine mind, “Now stop using it.” Good hands are the hallmark of good riding. I’m good at most handicrafts: weaving, crochet, book arts, and so on. This translates well to groundwork & massage. Not so well to how I hold the reins. Perhaps because the rein hand is static in relation to the mouth & the finger motion is subtle, both of which are so far out of my wheelhouse as to be off the boat.
What are you good at & how does it help your riding or other hobbies?