What were you good at doing as a child?

keep at it - african american girl at an easel painting a picture
United States
July 17, 2008 10:33am CST
I grew up drawing and it was as natural as breating and when I finished high school I was able to draw good photo like pictures but I just stopped at 21--screeching halt. I started painting when I started high school and found i was good at that too but that only lasted until 21. They say the rational thinking mind is damaging to creativity and in alot of cases say that childrens creativity only makes it to the age of 7. Im 26 now and I feel like my soul just begs to do it again so I see myself going back to it because its the best meditation for stress and boredom but also teaches you things about yourself. Maybe you were not a painter but I also was very passionate about insects as a child and now very into photographing insects but as a child I spent HOURS in our sandbox fascinated by all the ants crawling in it, I would pick them up and let them crawl on me and it was not scary at all to me. I see myself as an amatuer entomologist.
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• Indonesia
18 Jul 08
I was good at drawing when I was a child. My dad loved to draw, so I often draw and asked for his honest opinions, up till I was in college. I took visual communication design in college, so there are lots of drawings. Since my Dad passed away, I haven't draw or paint any again, I really really wanted to, but I just haven't found enough motivation to do it..
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• United States
18 Jul 08
I can see why drawing and painting would carry so much emotion because it sounds like you and your father shared something special together but maybe your art is something you can continue sharing with your father and Im sure he'll guide you, your parents want the very best for you and thats what makes you happy.
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• United States
18 Jul 08
your avatar is adorable!
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• Indonesia
19 Jul 08
Thanks, I didn't make it myself though, just got it from some website.
• United States
18 Jul 08
I loved to sing growing up, and I always took part in the school choirs. In college, I studied music and was a music major with voice as my primary instrument... Also in high school and college, I took part in theater and musicals. My college theater professor was the best - an absolute professional and an outstanding person. Lately, I have been interested in amateur photography as a side hobby, which was something that I never did much of as a child for lack of a camera (LOL). Interesting discussion!
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• United States
19 Jul 08
its funny because i remember wasting so much film back in the day because I would use the standard cameras--before all the digitals--and try shooting pictures of insects then only to get blurry picture after another so convinced i would get one, so you can just say im one happy camper with my new digital Canon.
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• United States
19 Jul 08
That is a definite advantage of digital cameras... you can take thousands of pictures and only get charged for the ones that you want to print... and you can preview them all before you take them to the store to have them printed! I love my digital camera! (^_^)
@Kayend (5)
• China
18 Jul 08
Im 18 now .What I have to do now is studing.I love painting too.But my parents always stop me from doing that.But when I feel alone or annoyed,painting is help.Don't give it up.I think maybe children's imagination is better then adult.But,it doesn't meant that we can't paint.In additon ,I think interest is very important to adults .Interest can keep our life going on and on.
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• United States
18 Jul 08
Painting is spiritual to me because its creation and not everybody can understand that and its ok but it doesnt mean you give up something that internally satisfys you, do it in secret i say, you know you should read some books about Van Gogh and especially his letters to Theo, I recommend this for all the struggling artist out there--he went through so much and on top of that mental illness (probably from a vitamin deficiency as he refused food so often). His story is just so complex and his families worries but still they strived to support him and it was heartbreaking that him and his father had a falling out and Im sure that was sooo tough on Vincient....ok now im rambling, better stop that :)
@monaliu (344)
18 Jul 08
I was good at singing.But right now I can't and have no intereting in it.I don't know why all Chinese child should put all our time on study Chinese and Math ... It is my pity! Take care and enjoy your time.
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• United States
18 Jul 08
Sounds like your still studying, do you ever doodle, I couldnt stop doodling when I was in school and its funny looking back how I ever knew what I was doing in school because its like you zone out.
@littleone3 (2065)
17 Jul 08
I use to be good at drawing when i was a child. My art teacher use to tell me she could tell i loved drawing because of the time and effort i put into my drawings. A few years ago i done a taster art course and loved every minute of it but never got the chance to take it up again. But i am now seriously considering taking drawing up again as a hobby. Its just finding the time.
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• United States
17 Jul 08
My mind is stopped me. Its just hard because I was so good at it and that skill takes work and practice and starting from scratch is kind of embarassing to me as silly as that sounds. I actually can look at something and its just like Im drawing or painting it out in my head so maybe thats promise that Im not so far behind after all--I decided a good way to just start is to get a small sketchbook where I can just draw simple objects that are not very time consuming--talking about it really gets exciting. Theres some people on here that draw, on mylot, I ran into a girl that was asian and she had a link to her drawings and I really liked them so hopefully this discussion can encourage all of us that often times others can see what we may be choosing not to.
@petiksmode (2986)
• Philippines
17 Jul 08
when i was young i do dance a lot and i carry that until now im 25..i just love dancing..i remmber my father brag about my dancing to his friends, and they pay me just to see me dance...i love that hehehe... i also love sports esp basketball...it started when i was 6 years old and that didnt cease until now..whenver my father wants some updates about players he would ask me about..i even remmber each player's jersey number...and oh right the same goes to wrestling i am familiar in everyone of them...my fave wrestler was bret hitman hart that time... yay i like this discussion remmbering the old days...
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• United States
17 Jul 08
I loved Kane! I watched wrestling probably for a year when I was 18 but thats it but I loved my man Kane! Now I am into boxing and really love the sport and ultimate fighting that my bf watches. Their is this girl in Ultimate Fighting that seems really good and I even heart someone refer to her as the Ali of woman fighting. My favorite boxer is Wladimir Klitsko but hey no problem with pairs, their great and he's a friend on myspace page!
• United States
17 Jul 08
I was in gymnastics as a child, and just one day gave it up. I also played the flute all through high school and was very good at it. I even interviewed and was accepted into an group in a nearby town. But life got busy and I had a child, and was in college full time. I still pick it up now and again. I wish I could re-find my passion for it again.
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• United States
17 Jul 08
oh man thats so cool because I grew up in kind of a band family where my oldest sister did clarinet, my youngest flute, and one of my brothers did drums and me--i was trumpet. I started taking lessons in 4th grade and that long you just grow attached. Once I recreated the soundtrack song to The Bodyguard and I love that track. I really liked concert band but the marching band got too competitive (you wouldnt believe!!) but my bro and sis were into it. My dad was alway at our band functions and helped run the concesssion stands. I stopped after high school because I just didn't know how I could do it because I live in an apartment and that would be kind of loud. Theirs this park I thought about which now sounds like a good idea because I just miss it so much. Whenever i hear a trumpet on the radio its like my ears perk up, I definately see myself buying one and Im sure the first day back will be just like my first day in fourth grade.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
17 Jul 08
Oh how I wish I could draw and paint. That is one thing I was never any good at but I sure wish I wash. Myself I was a swimmer as a kid. I spent every spare moment submerged in water. I swan competitively all winter and spent the summer months in my parents pool. I don't get much of a chance anymore but nothing makes me happier!
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• United States
17 Jul 08
aw thats great, i just got a gym membership this year and comfortable to even be back in a bathing suit and I love sneaking to the pool early, they open at 5:30 and its beautiful, swimming is so spiritual--i feel that most at the beach just floating on the waves--ever try surfing? not me but i can imagine. Do you still make time to swim?
@super_jj (1417)
• Philippines
18 Jul 08
hmmm...i did a lot of things (aside from effectively giving my parents headaches) and was quite good at them when i was a kid. i loved playing with my lego toys adn was quite good at building things (which is probably the reason why i'm into city building games. a also love to draw, although sometimes it made my mom scream (drawings on her dress, the kitchen wall, and the curtains), but now i have my own scetchbook, so my mom's vocal chords ave been resting latesly. i also love to make up words (which probably lead to me getting a job as a copy editor). but what i'm really good at is sports. i played basketball and shot arrows as an archer when i was in high school and college. i sometimes play soccer,tennis, ultimate frisbee, and go swimming when i have time (which i do not have right now). well, that's about it. 8)
• United States
18 Jul 08
Thats so so great that you are aware of these things about yourself and when you get older Im sure they will speak to you even more when finding your true passions becomes more important as they normal day to day job is not very exciting and satisfying to the soul--keep doing what your doing kid!
@super_jj (1417)
• Philippines
19 Jul 08
thanks a lot! hehehehe. sorry 'bout the typographical errors on my previous post. was quite bc working when i typed that post. hehehehehe.
@mandykaren (2040)
20 Jul 08
as a child and into teens i loved drawing with pencil mostly, sketch type of wild cats.. totally love wild cats.. i still do occasionally draw, but not as much as i would like. sometimes its nice to sit on high place and draw what i see, i find it very soothing and relaxing :)
• United States
20 Jul 08
see isnt that interesting in itself, everyone that draws more than likely has a favorite things to draw, me I only drew people but mostly faces--I liked that I could create people by changing their hair or eyes and Vogue magazine was perfect for this. I still do not think I could of gotten through those hard times in high school without it.
@smartx (320)
• India
18 Jul 08
Well i was a great athlete in childhood..everything physical but mentally nil..But I always used to think rationally not related to my studies or grammer..
• United States
18 Jul 08
Yea, not everybody is going to be a 'right brainer' and someone that really inspires me is Bill Gates and alot of the geniouses in Silicon Valley, love reading about them.
@inia_54 (176)
• Malaysia
18 Jul 08
How wonderful you had an interesting hobby as a child. And that hobby you created into a skill and creativity. I like painting too when I was child. But now I regretted that I was not serious at it. Otherwise I could have my own gallery now. But during my time (about 30 years ago) painting was not considered a worthy career. If I tell my family that I want to be a painter, they would say, "How are you going to support yourself?? Who wants to buy you painting?" Now that you have join MyLot, how do you find time to draw? Responding to discussions takes a lot of time.
@katkat (2379)
• Philippines
18 Jul 08
I loved drawing as a child but when I got into college I haven’t enough time to draw. It’s been 3 years now since I stopped to draw. But I’m into photography now.
• United States
18 Jul 08
Any specific are your interested in? Me, I love taking pictures of trees and insects, sometimes I'll come across a tree so enormous on a trail that I wonder to myself if its a dinosaur in another dimension, isnt that funny, but hey, nature is a mystery.