Are you out of touch and unable to do something that you very good at

By Bala
@balasri (26553)
India
April 24, 2008 3:17am CST
when you were a kid? I could speak the Sinhalese language like a native when I was in Srilnka.And one fine morning I noticed that my Sinhalese has deteriorated very much with no one to talk to.
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@SViswan (12071)
• India
24 Apr 08
It would have to be Arabic for me. I think it's just because I lost practice and might pick it up once I start talking. My husband always asks me to teach our son. I remember all the alphabets and can still read and write...but trying to speak...I have to stop and think of the words.
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@apsara60 (6612)
• Israel
24 Apr 08
Hi Sandiya, this reminds me that you are from middle east, I keep forgetting. Like you I also forgot kashmiri language, when I was small I could speak it very well, but then we left kashmir and moved to Nagpur, Bombay etc and completly lost the track of this beautiful language. I too feel sorry that I did not keep practicing this Kashmiri language. But in your case I think if you can read Arabic then you can surely learn it again, but you will have to work a bit hard....and if only you have time.......
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@balasri (26553)
• India
24 Apr 08
Is it?It is so interesting to know that you know Arabic.There are so many Arabic lessons in the net.You can choose one and brush up Sandhya. I once a read what a western author jokingly said that the effort he spent on learning Arabic made him impossible to learn any other language in his life time. Even I always think it takes out much of your stamina talking Arabic with a great exertion of air from your gut.Is it really so?
@SViswan (12071)
• India
25 Apr 08
I grew up in the Middle East...so I grew up speaking Arabic. Not all the kids who study there know it...but I would interact with my father's colleagues and bosses. Well, yes, it is an effort if you need the right pronounciation. But you don't really need the right pronounciation to learn the language. It would just be like a foreigner speaking any language including Tamil....without the right pronounciation. Most words would not give a different meaning just because it is not pronounced right. I pick up languages easily(including accents)....and I've also heard that it's easy for a Malayalee to learn any language because our language is a tongue twister as it is. But Arabic language is very similar to Urdu and Hindi put together....or maybe I didn't think too much of it since I have been speaking since I was two.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
24 Apr 08
As a child I used to a lot of craftwork including stenciling and mud craft. I was very fond of oregamy, making stuffs fro paper, wood, pitch board. I was very good at making rakhis and all art and crafts work. I still contemplate on those days but hardly get the initiative to do it all over again. I have lost finesse and finger works. I just love Srinidhi for her wonderful craftswork and I still remember her pink piggy bank. Wish she does very well in this just as her father is.
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@balasri (26553)
• India
24 Apr 08
Art - Childhood is the period when we try to probe into many realms.
You very mush used to be like Srinidhi when you were her age.I bought and gave her one Origami book.She likes to do different shapes especially different types of boats.
@balasri (26553)
• India
24 Apr 08
This is her latest work with M seal on a mud pot.
@SViswan (12071)
• India
25 Apr 08
Wow! Srinidhi is really talented (I remember the pink piggy bank too)! Please nurture it and make sure it doesn't go off because of life's pressures (like it did for us). My mother still stitches and does her craftwork...it's possible. In fact, I found most of my hidden talents after I had kids. I always thought I wasn't creative and never bothered about it....turns out I'm equally balanced left nd right brain...lol....it took me a delivery to find that out though!
@apsara60 (6612)
• Israel
24 Apr 08
Hi again Bala Nice discussion. Like you I also found that I can speak very well Hindustani, which is mixture of Hindi and Urdu, as I had spent my childhood in Kashmir. I found that people like my voice and I am very good in explaining things. If I start talking in crowd, I suddenly find that there is silence and everybody wants to hear me.......so I wish I could have become a tour guide...this would also fulfil my wish to enjoy nature's beauty by visiting wonderful tourist places and also I could achieve job satisfaction by doing what I really love to do. But right now I am trapped in closed office like bird in the cage.......
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@balasri (26553)
• India
24 Apr 08
I just can understand the sadness in those words.And you have the talent of bringing every thing into the mind like picture by your narration. Many lovely birds are in side the "Sone ka Pinjra" Apsara.Well we all have our woes in life .Aren't we?
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@apsara60 (6612)
• Israel
24 Apr 08
bala!!!! you will be delighted to know that , yeh pijra sone ka bhi nahi hai.......just tin....worthless....but this is life........anyway lets be happy and enjoy the day....
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@balasri (26553)
• India
24 Apr 08
Thats the spirit Apsara.Let us be happy with what we have and we know how we can too.
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@digerati (287)
• Philippines
30 Jun 08
hello balasri, when i was young, i am a very athletic person. i can even split my two legs both horizontally and vertically.. but right after i began mg college career and till now, i looese it all. missing actions, digerati
@balasri (26553)
• India
1 Jul 08
Yes you feel so bad and let down to see how much you get rusted over the years.
• India
9 Jun 08
I used to speak tamil very fluently wen i was living in bangalore but now i hardly understand a word. I guess coz i never had some one talk to , ive lost it!wen it comes to tamil
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@balasri (26553)
• India
9 Jun 08
Kavalai padatheergal.Naan Solli Tharugiren.
@littleowl (7157)
27 Apr 08
Hi balasri-when I was in africa I was being taught Swahili it is quite an easy language to learn but now I haven't been there for a while so have really forgotten a lot of it-littleowl
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@balasri (26553)
• India
27 Apr 08
I know.But just a visit to that country or a meeting with a person who speaks Swahili will make things alright fast.
@xialinye (1403)
• China
25 Apr 08
practise makes perfect,i guess this is the law of nature... i can't find anything that i was used to good at but now were out of touch and unable.... oh, i find one...be naughty..lol..
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@balasri (26553)
• India
27 Apr 08
You never get out of touch with it.In fact the longer you are away from it the stronger you become in that art.Strange ,Isn't it?
@Chispa514 (871)
• Montreal, Quebec
25 Apr 08
I know how you feel with that. I have been that way with my Spanish. When I was younger I used to speak it fluently, and then after awhile I didn't talk to many people who were spanish, because I hung around with alot of black guys and they didn't speak anything but english. Lately, within the past 2-3 years, I've been slowly getting involved more with people who speak spanish, and talking to family in Dominican Republic, and I've slowly been getting my spanish back, I'm not fluent as I was back in the day, but i'm slowly getting there.
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@balasri (26553)
• India
27 Apr 08
Yes.It amazing how our brain makes the necessary connections to make the the things we remember alright with a proper brushing.Even now I can understand whenever I listen to Sinhalese.If I happen to be with a person who speaks that language I think that I will catch up very fast.
@uubird (8)
25 Apr 08
I remember I was smart, sensitive and creative when I was a teenager. I learned things fast and created toys by myself. I can feel exquisite flash intuition and pure beauty. But now I am slow, dumb and spiritless. Does the world change me or the world change itself?
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@balasri (26553)
• India
27 Apr 08
We remain the same but the world is changing mostly to the bad.I mean it.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
24 Apr 08
Yes. I used to love to go roller skating but now that I am older, I am scared of falling and embarrassing myself. I am also afraid to get hurt also because we do not have any insurance. I used to be very good at skating but I have lost it.
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@balasri (26553)
• India
24 Apr 08
All of us lose some talent or another as the time goes by.Well as ling as it is compensated with wisdom ,maturity and good thoughts and deeds it is alright I think.
@zeloguy (4913)
• United States
12 Jul 08
Ahh when I was a kid I was able to hold my breath for a LONG time. I had a huge lung capacity and if it is not used you lose it and that is what happened to me. I am sure I could get most of it back but I used to swim everyday and that is how I was able to do that. Thanks Zelo
@balasri (26553)
• India
13 Jul 08
Well regular practice can make you get back your talent.Usually the talents we had never leave us for good.They all lurk there inside us somewhere.You can always bring them out.
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@brokentia (10396)
• United States
25 Apr 08
Wow! That is actually a tough question. I would have to say that my creativity has been stifled. But it was something that I was still in touch with last summer. For some reason, I have lost it the past year since going back to work. Lets hope that I can find it again. Hope things are well with you dear friend. :)
@balasri (26553)
• India
27 Apr 08
Hi Tia.It is really a ling time no see. How are you, your hubby and the kids? We always think that our creativity is stifled till an effort for a couple times cleanses all the rust and proves that we are always good at what we were.
• United States
24 Apr 08
I used to be very good at the game of jacks, roller skating and double dutch jump rope. Now I can't do any of those things. Hmmph! Hugs! (I can still do those bala)
@balasri (26553)
• India
27 Apr 08
Hugs to you too Joy.That embraces all the talents.
@Mirita (2668)
• United States
24 Apr 08
Well, I took several years of French ,and I would always practice with my friends ,but since I don't have anyone to talk to now is kind of hard to be fluent in French.
@balasri (26553)
• India
27 Apr 08
The first thing that g3et rusted is our ability to speak a foreign language in the ling run if we don't keep on speaking in that language.
@subha12 (18453)
• India
24 Apr 08
i think there are so many things that i miss. i used to stitch very well. now i do not get time so i can't do so. also i used to read a lot of novels and that too i read now but not so much.
@balasri (26553)
• India
24 Apr 08
We all are like you Subha.Lost one or two of our talents down the lane.