It’s quote from a book day!
The Book: The Empathy Diaries: A Memoir by Sherry Turkle
The Background: Turkle is a Professor, as well as other things. Her memoir covers some of her relationships as well as much about her chosen area of study, which,simply stated, is about how the brain and tech coexist. I’ve done her a bit of a disservice with this, but what she talks about can’t really be summed up. It is pretty enlightening though. The following is what she tells her students.
The Quote: You are at university to understand your gifts and what you love to do. If you are lucky, they will be the same thing.
Which leads to the question:
How many people figure out their passions when they are at college?
How many people ever actually understand their gifts?
Personally- At college, do you know what the greatest thing I learned was? Too much Jack Daniels gives you a three day hangover. I mean, perhaps this is a gift, because I can’t even smell the stuff now without getting queasy…
And maybe my lack of understanding my gifts is why I’m not a memoir writing professor at MIT…
But do people take the time to really figure out their passion while they are young?
I’m going to segue to my daughter, an actual college student.
My daughter has found some things that she is really interested in. She has discovered things that she loves. Has she figured out her “gift”?
Maybe. Maybe not.
When you are in the middle of something, can you always see what is right in front of you?
Ok- now back to me…
Can narcissism be a gift?
I’m 57… and I have no idea what my gift is. Perhaps that is my own failing. I have things I love to do, but if I’m just average at them, can you really call it a gift?
I mean, I can pack a lot of stuff into the trunk of a Honda Civic…did my miss my calling as a professional packer?
I love organizing…is it my gift?
Or how about asking unanswerable questions? I’d like to think that was a gift…I know others will beg to differ though…
What do we mean when we label something a gift?
And more importantly…
What do you think your gift is?
When did you figure out your gift?