If the world worked on a barter system, how would you fare? Would you have services to barter? Would you be successful, or would you struggle?
This was the prompt given to bloggers of the world. So, how would I answer this? That’s a tough question. I always have hated the idea of “bragging” about one’s abilities. That’s one of the reasons I hate writing out resumes and college applications. List things that you feel we should know about you. I don’t know. How about the fact that I don’t have pinky toenails*? No? Okay, then how about the fact that I’m terrified of failure? See, the things that make me myself are not those typical “bragging rights” that a lot of people would first think about. They’re funny little quirks that show my personality.
But, alas, this question isn’t asking for quirks. It’s asking whether or not I would actually be worth something. So, here goes a selfish rant on what I could offer. I apologize beforehand.
Writing – In case it wasn’t obvious already, I really enjoy writing. I’m currently working on my second novel (the first is just a finished manuscript that I never want to get published because I wrote it in eight grade). I write poetry and short stories, and I am also working on an idea for a TV script. I have so many ideas floating around in my head for story ideas that I could offer my services for many things: whether that be editing, entertainment or an idea generator.
Music – On top of writing, I also have a passion for music. While passions are not generally considered skills, I do consider myself musically capable. I play piano, which I have had 5 years worth of lessons (yes I know I started late in life; I’m not one that started at 3 and is a child player). I also have taught myself guitar and ukulele, which I think is fun. I want to learn Native American Flute and bass guitar, along with cello and drums. Yes, I have a wide range of desires to learn things. But while I may not be able to teach those myself, I can write music for others. I know how to compose and create songs, some of which I’m hoping to get recorded onto a CD to sell. I would be able to offer, once again, my services in entertainment and as an idea generator.
Advice – This one is not quite like the other two. It’s not really a material object that I can offer others; this is something that is more difficult to accept. I’ve been told numerous times I give good advice. I personally didn’t believe it- until people started continually asking me for it. People often tell me things that they don’t tell other people. Why that is, I’m not really sure. Maybe I give off a trustworthy vibe. Whatever the real reason is, I feel like this is something I could offer the world that doesn’t take much thought; I always say what I think is the best thing to do in every situation, even if I don’t follow it myself.
So, based on these three things, I’d say I’d be pretty successful. As much as people don’t need entertainment, a lot of people really like it, and I feel like they’d want it anyways. I suppose I’d be pretty well off.
*Just for clarification, I do sort of have pinky toenails- they just don’t really count since they aren’t even a centimeter in length. I can’t even put nail polish on them, so I don’t consider them toenails.
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