I was talking to Sophia the other day about her upcoming preschool talent show. She and one or two of her friends are preparing to sing and perform in some way…the particulars are going to be a surprise, but in our conversing on the subject I was bold enough to ask my granddaughter what she thought my particular talent might be. She didn’t hesitate long before answering, “Washing dishes!” As happens all too often, I managed to suppress wild laughter, but I thanked her for noticing how much I enjoy preparing meals for others and yes, washing dishes usually follows!
So what are my talents? I’m very musical. I can hear a song or musical theme and remember it without any effort. I play the piano, taught beginners for many years and also enjoyed the pleasure of conducting several small children’s choirs. Music is indeed a passion. On the other hand, I can’t draw worth a lick! I love art on the level of appreciation…but I am never happy to see someone bring out the game of Pictionary. No one welcomes humiliation!
Talents often require practice to keep in shape. Interests and activities don’t necessarily require the same level of dedication.
It’s birthday month, in case I haven’t reminded you of that in each and every post, and it’s a very fine time to think about talents and creativity. It’s easier to contemplate getting older as part of such a large cohort. 10,000 U.S. Baby Boomers hit age 50 every day! Dr. Caleb Finch, the ARCO/William F. Kieschnick Chair in the Neurobiology of Aging and professor of gerontology and biological sciences, writes, “Now it is really clear that if you don’t have a specific disease that causes loss of nerve cells, then most, if not all, of the neurons remain healthy until you die.” That’s a big change from previous thought. And isn’t that good news?
In addition to maintaining good overall health, numerous studies strongly support brain exercises. More than puzzles and mental arithmetic, evidence strongly supports the claim that individuals maintaining creativity and a variety of interests across the lifespan are even better prepared to offset dementia-related symptoms in later life. So, I’m feeing good about that. I DO have a great many interests.
And my cornucopia of eclectic interests has garnered some very nice attention! Kate Kresse, the creative mind behind Believe Anyway, has shared the Kreativ Blogger Award, and what a lovely birthday gift. Frank at A Frank Angle and Dave and Aly of Algarve Blog tagged breathelighter, and we want to thank them, also, for the added attention. Kate, Frank, Aly and Dave are all wonderful blog contributors. Checking them out will be good for YOUR brain health! :-)
For the award I have a few simple things I must do. I gladly link back to Kate, and hope you’ll make a point of visiting her site. She is full of optimism and spirit and you will definitely want to make her acquaintance. We are also supposed to list seven interesting things about ourselves. Remember? This is my “all about me” month. I have been doing a lot of sharing, so I’m going to let my blogging partner, Beth, accept the rest of this challenge. You know all about Mae-be and Ruffles, but it’s time for her to share seven interesting things about herself. Won’t she be surprised when she reads this?
I’d also like to pass the award along to other very worthy bloggers. Let’s begin with Kate, at Views and Mews by Coffee Kat. Kate is very clever and humorous, and also quite eclectic in the best of story telling. Perpetua, of Perpetually In Transit is very deserving of additional attention. Writing from the beautiful landscape of Wales, Perpetua shares from her life as a former librarian and retired parish priest, with stories of family and her very rich and colorful life. Then there’s Roseanne at Wondering Rose, another delightful blogger. Her tagline is “Wonderings, Wanderings, and meetings at my Museum cash register.” Aren’t you just a little bit curious?
The award recommends more nominations, but I like to parcel them out so as to guarantee you won’t overlook a one! I’ll be back with more recommendations in the near future.
I enjoy sharing bits and pieces of myself in my blog posts and look forward to each and every comment returned. But far beyond that, I truly look forward each day to “checking in” on the lives of the most interesting people! Each person I visit via reading a blog post has become a friend, and I learn so much from each one. Thank you all for going with me into my “new decade” and contributing to my many interests. I really feel quite fortunate.