In an RPG with character customization, such as Dungeons and Dragons or World of Warcraft, your character has points to spend that make it your own, make it better. These points have a name like skill points or talent points.
Today, as I stood in my WoW farm, ready to start the day’s planing, the game flashed up a helpful little message: “You have unspent Talent points.”
You’d think I’d be immune to messages like that because, to the chagrin of my guildmates, I am really bad at choosing talents, so I see those messages all the time. Today, however, I felt like it was a metaphor for my life. How much of my talent am I wasting?
I could be putting points in the piano, or using it to further my singing talent. I could be using my teaching degree, maybe doing some tutoring. I could be devoting an hour or two every day to the novels that sit, stalled- out on my harddrive.
Before I get a chance to go too hard on myself, I remember that I have chosen how to spend my points. I’m only human. I have to choose my priorities. Last year I “unlocked” the ability to write non-fiction. Now, I’m adding in even more points in social networking and blogging. I don’t know if I’ll ever monetize my blog or if it will open up new opportunities I haven’t even considered yet. It may end up on a long list of failed projects. But, the point is that am taking that risk, learning something new, and I like that.
I can’t ignore the fact that I could be doing more. I’ve never been good at using my time efficiently. Tomorrow, I’m going to work on my baking skill and perhaps acquire a new tool for my photography skill. I can’t honestly say I’m doing my best with what the Lord has given me, but I can say that I’m heading in the right direction for now.