These days I don’t know why many friends have spoken an encouraging word to me. They told me that I am kind of multi-talented person. But, at the same time I didn’t have any ideas on how I should responded to this compliment. Should I be happy and thankful? Should I disagree with their opinions? Should I keep silent and just smile? I am not sure if being multi-talented does really matter in life.
Tonight, on my way back to dormitory I tried to figure out: is that true I am a multi-talented person? Recalling my pasts, I started to confirm my friends’ compliment. Suddenly, I began to list my abilities in some fields:
- Music: singing, piano, guitar, drum.
- Sports: soccer, badminton, swimming, table-tennis, gymming.
- Arts: drawing, painting, photography.
- Others: writing, poetry-reading, public speaking.
Even though I am not mastering all that above-mentioned skills, at least I am able to do those stuffs. In fact, the above list is not based on my subjective opinion, but it came into my mind based on other people’s thinking about me. Moreover, I am a Chemical Engineer who had successfully finished the study on basic sciences: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. I have also learned three international languages: English, Chinese, and Korean in addition to my own native language, Bahasa Indonesia.
Well, I am writing this story not to boast myself. Here is my point: honestly, being a multi-talented person is one of my life’s greatest struggle! Yet I know there are a lot of people who are in the same situation with me now. They are born with multiple gifts. Even there are surely many people who are far more talented than me. I am writing this story for them, to share my experiences that might be useful and hopefully inspiring. This story is also dedicated to people who often think they are nothing or can only do very little things in life, and also to people who often feel jealous or insecure with other people who can do what they can’t do. To them I would say: STOP MAKING COMPARISON in your mind!
First of all, let me say this: being a multi-talented person is not a “WOW” thing. It is an ordinary thing, just like being a normal person. Receiving one, two, or multi-talents is not important. It is how you treat the talents that really matters. Your attitude and responsibility towards your talents reflected who you are more than how many talents you’ve got. Let me explain the struggles of being a multi-talented person (based on my personal experiences):
Trap of selfishness (arrogancy and greediness)
A multi-talented person tends to think he is superior to others and can do a lot of things by himself without someone’s help. Often he feels so proud of himself. Consequently, he often underestimates or neglects others, especially ‘the weaker’. He is almost never satisfied with his accomplishments. He believes that he can achieve more, more, and more.
Trap of distracted life
Due to a lot of interests and abilities in many fields, a multi-talented person tends to be distracted in setting his own goals. He is often confused in determining the best field where he can fully focus on. The lack of focus will surely slow down his works.
Trap of compliance (people pleaser)
Many people may admire a multi-talented person. Being loved and cared by others is wonderful, of course. But for him, it can be dangerous as well because he feels the burden to always show his best in order to meet others’ expectation and make everyone happy.
Multi-talented can be both good and bad. It can both benefit and endanger us. It is not essential whether we have just one or more than one talents. What really matters is to be thankful for everything we have and be faithful in developing our talents.
From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked. (Luke 12:48)