Atime2write - Fiona Tarr

Living A Creative Life

One Thing Leads to Another

When I left school at the end of year 11, before completing my high school education I could never have predicted what lay ahead. You might wonder why I left school; was I unhappy, was I failing, was I bored? No, none of those things. I left school because my mum said I should; because I was just biding my time, wasting my time really, but having quite a lot of fun in the process.

Uneducated and Hopeless?

No, far from it really. I went on to work full time, to marry a farmer and to later study Agriculture. The loss of our second child led me to study Christian Ministry which led to Community Development and all the time I was running our family businesses. This led to studying Business and working in retail business led to marketing which led to a keen interest in communication which then led me to begin an Arts degree in Communication. I really wish I had the time and the money to finish that degree, but I started writing instead of studying because all of the afore mentioned subjects I studied and skills I learnt helped me define my philosophical beliefs which prompted me to start writing theologically based historical fiction which I am sure will lead to even more opportunities ahead.

Looking Back!

It is amazing when you look back at your life and you see clearly how one thing you did way back in your early years led to another, then another and even more opportunities and learnt skills. It never ceases to amaze me how skills I learnt or subjects I studied have come together to form the skill set I need to run a business, provide volunteer support for organisations and now to write fiction.

Finding Your Skill Set

If you can look back along the pathway of knowledge you have acquired over your lifetime, no matter how long that has been, you will find your skill set. Ask yourself these few questions or maybe even ask someone you trust to answer them for you.

  • What can I do, that no one else I know can?
  • What makes me feel complete in a personal way?
  • If I could change anything in the world, what would it be?

What To Do Now?

It might take time, but once you discover your skills you have a choice:

  • You can continue doing what you are doing if it uses your skills or even if it doesn’t.
  • You can look for paid opportunities to use your skills.
  • You can look for volunteering opportunities to use your skills or
  • You can look for personal development or fulfilment opportunities to use your skills.

No matter what you choose to do, try to use your skill set as much as possible because your path has gone the way it did for a reason. It doesn’t matter if you are spiritual or logical, you acquired the skills you did because you were meant for them and they were meant for you.

My husband is a brilliant teacher, not of academics but of activities. His young years were spent on a farm, when his dad was ill and he had to teach men twice his age how to do the work that needed to be done so he could stay at school; a little longer anyway. This experience taught him how to teach and he has done more and more of it over his lifetime both paid and while volunteering. Some people discover their gift, their skill set early on, others take more time but there is no doubt that you will find contentment and fulfilment when you discover and work within your skill set.

So tell me what is your skill set, your gift?

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