I knew almost 30 years ago that there’s a big difference between interest and ability. I was very much interested in Chemistry but however hard I tried, I hardly scored in my Chemistry examinations. On the other hand, Mathematics was the subject that would normally help push my overall grades up. So, even though I was supposed to work towards a degree in Chemistry, instead of opting a complete Chemistry degree, I chose to do a mixed double of Chemistry and Mathematics.
Hence when I was at the end of my 3rd year, and deciding on which subject to take up for my honours year (i.e. 4th year, and I got the offers for honours year from both the P&I Chemistry and Applied Mathematics), I told myself that I had to be practical. So I opted for Applied Mathematics, and said goodbye to Chemistry.
And today I guess I experienced something else that shows the difference between interest and talent. It’s nothing new, I know. I love to sing (hence my interest in singing) but I do not have the talent nor the voice to sing. I don’t really give a damn, I sing to please myself, esp when there is nobody around me. I sing in the car when I start to get sleepy 🙂
(But now Rosli, our Dale Carnegie mentor/trainer wants us to practice our presentations in the car 🙂 )
Today, I spent the first half of the day in KL (for my Dale Carnegie prep for the coming endorsement). Rosli was nice enough to help us with our understanding of the material. I took this pic with my handphone just as he finished the session:
When I got home, i played host to the in-laws. They were gone by 4.30pm.
Soon after the Asr prayer I decided to spend some time on my sewing hobby. I promised H & S from my office to sew them little bags for them to put their purses and phones when we go out for lunch, something like the ones I’ve sewn before.
I thought I should try some machine applique, so I tried to lay them out:
I also wanted to try to have a little pocket inside the bag. For the first one, I used some silk remnant, but it was just too soft to handle, so the product was disappointing:
But I was too lazy to unpick and redo, and continued to start the 2nd bag. This time i used sturdier material.
Finally I did manage to get 2 little bags for H & S:
Oops! that was the inside of the bags. When I turned them over to the right side, I got these:
Yes, I got fed-up with the applique, so I decided to have only one flower for the 2nd bag too 😉
At the end of the session, I came to a conclusion that maybe I was more talented when I was younger, but for the past decade or two, I’ve trained too much of the reasoning side of the brain (math & Programming and the likes of sudoku, solitaire, etc..), that I’ve lost the ability to utilize the creative part of my brain. No wonder even my singing is getting more out of tune and tone-deaf as time goes by! 🙁
But does that mean I will stop these hobbies of mine (including singing)? NO WAY!
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