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If only I could have had...

Posted: 02 Jan 2018, 18:30
by Perrorist
If you were able to live your life again and were allowed a special talent, what would it be?

Mine would be to have a voice like Luciano Pavarotti, or indeed any of the great tenors. Failing that, to have the talent of an Ashkenazy, say, and play the piano brilliantly. Ever since I was old enough to understand how rare and difficult it is to nurture such talent, that's what I've wished I'd had.

What would yours be, no matter how modest?

Re: If only I could have had...

Posted: 03 Jan 2018, 00:02
by Dreamweaver
I would have liked self confidence. Without that, any talent goes under a bushel! But I think even with that I wouldn't have had the dedication to develop one field. Jack of all trades, master of none! Neither would I wish for that dedication, knowing the cost of missing so much.

Re: If only I could have had...

Posted: 03 Jan 2018, 00:47
by Pamela
Always wanted to play the piano so that probably would be my choice. As a youngster we lived with my grandparents in a small house and there wasn't any room for a piano. My friend used to have a piano and was made to got for lessons, she hated every minute of it and I sometimes wished we could swap places. Once she got old enough to say no to the lessons she never went near a piano again.

Second choice would be the ability to learn languages easily.

Re: If only I could have had...

Posted: 03 Jan 2018, 06:28
by Perrorist
Yes, languages. I've always loved French and still read it with occasional (sometimes more than occasional) recourse to the dictionary. After two years in Sweden I felt I was getting somewhere with Swedish, but that has faded now. As for Finnish... So a facility with foreign language learning would be high on my list, too.

Re: If only I could have had...

Posted: 03 Jan 2018, 08:37
by Betty
I have a 4 1/2 year old grandson living in Belgium and he is fluent in English....French...and...Dutch.............he can switch from one language to another without thinking about it.

This last October when I was staying in Belgium with the family, my grandson bought me a book to read to him, it was in French, I explained I couldn't read it and he said.....just try I tried, he raised his eyes and said.... hang on...put the French book back and bought me a book in English that I could read to him. :lol: :lol:

Re: If only I could have had...

Posted: 03 Jan 2018, 10:11
by Perrorist
Young children pick up languages so quickly, because they have no barriers, such as self-consciousness and fear of making mistakes.

Re: If only I could have had...

Posted: 06 Jan 2018, 01:11
by godfather
I agree with Pamela and the piano if only.................. I was 12 again.
Mum wanted me to learn the piano and paid for my weekly lessons, which I skipped after the first two lessons.
At 12 one has other priorities that don't involve sitting in a stuffy old house at a monstrous keyboard. Doesn't one?

Well, I very much regret not having learned to play music.
Perhaps my neighbours may enjoy it if I start learning the drums now?

:heeheehee :heeheehee :heeheehee