Do you have friends who are renaissance men and women? Friends who can work wonders with a sewing machine while cooking a six course dinner from scratch with ease? Friends who knit, crochet, build tree houses and go water rafting, all the while filming themselves and posting excellent How To videos on youtube? Friends who have so many talents that you need more than ten fingers to count them?
Well, I do and I admire them greatly. I also envy them a great deal. I would like to be like them. You know, playing a great song on guitar while fixing someone’s computer just by looking at it. Who would not want that?
I also have to concede that I will never be one of them. I can’t play an instrument. I can’t do needlework properly. When it comes to arts and crafts, I glue my hands together more often than not. I do not like to cook at all. My relationship with food is complicated, to say the least. I also dislike editing videos with a passion, which makes me a very bad youtuber. (Apart from the fact that as a female on youtube you have to be 16 and have big boobs, otherwise nobody will watch you.)
All I am good at is being a friend and writing stories. I was always someone who was happy to help and be there for others and I was always someone who liked to write. This is me. This is who I am. I have a strong interest in the world around me and I have been reading and writing ever since I can remember.
Sometimes I combined the two. For example after I finished my first practicum at a preschool to get into the German Social Work program, I wrote the kids a story as a good bye gift. They loved it.
When I worked with kids or people with cognitive disabilities, I loved to do inventive story time. The kids would come up with one or two sentences and I would make up an ad hoc story, which they could take up at any time.
So as you can see, I am a one trick pony. However, I do like my trick just fine. I, for one, think that friendship and stories are enough. Even though I will probably still be envious of those renaissance guys from time to time.