How Does My Talent Fit Into My Life Plan?

04 Apr

As you may know, I have a personal statement that serves as the feeder goal for all of my actions. This statement is the sum of my soon-to-be life plan:

To creatively impact urban change by designing sustainable communities

In no way should this statement limit me, but instead it should help guide me. My personal statement helps decide how I use my time, energy, and resources most efficiently and effectively to meet my goals.

I am a firm believer in actively participating in your passions and talents. Throughout my life, poetry has served me. Poetry fed me hope, peace, and alternative perspectives. As an art form, poetry saved me by allowing me to cope when times were more tumultuous than I thought I could handle.

As I have discovered other ways to cope with personal issues, my focus has shifted from one of art and creativity to practical development and tangible assistance. I’m trying to determine how to fully integrate poetry and performing into my life as a resource and necessary component.

I am scared that my increasing practicality is decreasing my desire and will to work on my artistic craft. This should not be. This is not the example that I would want to set for others…..Yet, I think this is realistic and more common than not.

I also believe that, over the past few months, I have lost confidence in the impact of my words to improve. What does this stem from?

Poetry, expression, and creativity mean the world to me as I aim to remain relevant. I’m just uncertain about my place in this world of fast tongues, quick wit, and fancy word play. I know that my poetry and my style of expression have a place, but I struggle to visualize the details of the space and time that I fit in.

As I write this, I realize another reason this topic weighs heavy on me. Whenever I am engaging in a passion or career, my friends and family invest their time, money, and energy into what I am doing. I believe that I want to make sure I am not wasting my loved ones time, i.e. channeling their support into my lost cause…..

I think this is one of the hardest realities I have ever had to ponder. All in all, I am trying to discover if my passion or hobby is an integral part of my life plan and if I should push through or let go.

BTW, Happy National Poetry Month

Below is a link to a blog entry by Caitlin Kelly that encourages readers to think about, “Would you rather be creative or productive?”


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9 responses to “How Does My Talent Fit Into My Life Plan?

  1. K. SIDNEY

    April 4, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    In this modern world, ART is everywhere. On our phones, computers, TVs, video games, etc. Meaning, a person can check out your art, think that it’s amazing, and forget about you in 10 minutes because in that 10 minutes, they were inundated with ads, music, and requests from other friends that are trying to get their attention as well. The only way to get through the clutter is to be consistent. It’s all about programming.

    If you can develop a consistent schedule for your release of content, then you can build yourself a small place in the neighborhood of a person’s conscience. As you well know, repetition is the key to learning. I would say in this digital age, it probably takes about 6 months of consistent releases to get a person (even family and close friends) to take you serious. As you said, it’s a time investment on their behalf, and they want to make sure that you’re serious about releasing your art before they become serious fans.

    I know this is a long ass comment, but you touched on a topic that is crucial to my strategy to be taken seriously as an artist. I had to share my thoughts on this one, even if it is a small essay.

  2. Ashley S.C. Walls

    April 4, 2011 at 12:23 pm


    I like that you mentioned consistency as a key factor for programming. It is also a key factor in measuring your success. One thing I stopped doing was performing, therefore having no way to measure my relevance.

    Over the next two months, I have committed myself to performing as much as possible so that I can have a better gauge on my progress and how others perceive my poetry.

  3. Measha

    April 5, 2011 at 11:52 am

    I Absolutely love this post as is, and reading it made me think about how i can fit my “Talent” into my life plan. Then i thought even harder and realized I actually don’t have a talent… BUT it only determines me to develop one or actually examine myself to know what it is I am talented in!!!!

    • Ashley S.C. Walls

      April 5, 2011 at 12:00 pm

      During work experiences I had the oppotunity to interview staff members on their artistic skills. So many people did not consider their artistic abilities as a skill because they were not trained in it, nor had they been commended in their efforts. Your talents could be artistic or they could be in communication skills, coordinating events, etc. Your humor could make you a great host for events. Continue to explore what others say you are good at or call on you for.

      Good luck!

  4. kerri

    November 3, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    This is an older post, but I would like to weigh in:

    If poetry matters to you, that is justification enough for it to be in your life. You don’t need the permission or approval of anyone. If it feeds your soul, or helps you in any way, then the effect/impact on others that you wonder about is almost a moot point.

    Art heals. Ourselves. And others. What if part of your life work is to share this creative part of you with the world? What if it is a way for you to stay in touch with yourself, to stay grounded?
    (And if our Creator was just “practical”, he would have skipped 80% of creation. Creativity, I believe, is our divine right.)

    So if you’re craving poetry, listen to you heart.
    Ok, I think I need to go take some of my own advice… 😉

    • Ashley S.C. Walls

      November 3, 2011 at 4:02 pm

      Thanks Kerri! Its crazy that although it is an older post, I needed to hear that today at this moment! I’m actually going to a poetry set tonight and I am looking forward to performing!


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