Published: June 9th, 2013
My daughter could tie beautiful bows at an early age. It totally amazed me because try as I would, my attempts came out amateur and drooping. How did she learn to do that? It was a fascinating mystery to me. This little creature born to me was not a carbon copy. She possessed many talents that were completely her own. Certainly it was not a genetic gift from her mother, however, I noticed that her father has the same sort of talent. He was not into ribbons, but he could make wonderful knots with ropes. Neither are interested in writing books, and they think my type of creativity is a strange thing. I do not argue the point.
Talents are inborn. However they can lay unexpressed without discipline to turn those strange urges into something useable, discernible. We learned our grammar rules as children in school, that is, everyone is required to learn the rules. Not everyone will grow up to write books, become authors. Without talent, knowledge is only a discipline, a mechanical display.