I was watching a piece of television the other day about toddlers playing tennis and other children being put into sports at very young ages (to encourage any phenoms out there). It made me wonder something: Is it possible that we would all be very gifted at something in life if we were only to discover it?
For instance, how do we know if our children might not have had the ability to become a "Tiger Woods" if only we'd put golf clubs into their hands when they were mere three-year-olds like his father did? Perhaps we ourselves would have been as successful as some of the great artists in history if our parents had put us to work with canvases and easels when we were still in the toddler years. Maybe each child has special talents if only we could afford to put them in the classes or with the coaches who could mold them and bring those talents to the fore. But how would you know which direction to encourage them? Will they be artists, athletes, musicians, writers? Of course we all do encourage their special abilities and most of us find our places in the world where our special talents can flourish. But I'm talking about starting very young with a great deal of teaching and additional attention, like hours on a tennis court, to bring those abilities to the point of being phenomenal.
It's an interesting idea. Perhaps there really is a star in each of us. I'd like to think so anyway.