The extremely normal, paradoxical ninja: that’s me:) Not to brag or anything but I bet you never would have imagined that these three words together could describe a person.
Extremely normal: I guess the most unique aspect of myself, if there could be one word that describes me, would be that I am normal, probably even the paragon, epitome, symbol (add anymore synonyms) of the word. Normal in the sense that nothing about me really stands out. I’m one of those students that teachers always forget, I’m not amazingly brilliant at anything, my friends would describe me as calm and serious (the few times that I am hyper are actually self-inclined), I have a good brain thanks to genetics but intelligence otherwise is average (Hey, what can I say. I’m the one who finally realized that Yugoslavia wasn’t a country anymore last year. Go figure.), I’m not that social (I’ve tried. And if you know me well enough my “social” right now, which is still pretty awkward, took me years to develop. Couldn’t believe it right?), I’ve failed more times than I’ve succeeded (Failing. Not Asian-failing but failing. You can ask my previous or even present teachers about that.). The list would go on and on. Don’t take this wrongly. I am very proud of being normal. In a world where uniqueness and novelty, even to the point of strangeness, is praised, being normal in itself is actually pretty special. Maybe I’ll never win American Idol or become president, but I will always be my calm, steady self.
Paradoxical: From the few abilities that I have been graciously blessed with (not as Thomas Edison would say “one percent inspiration, ninety nine percent perspiration” for me more like “one percent ability, ten percent perspiration, nine percent luck, eighty percent blessing/faith”) are pretty weird. I have still yet to understand the many paradoxical aspects of my talents. A few examples would be
- I learn things extremely fast especially when it comes to sports. However, when it becomes for me what I describe as more “conceptual” (learning how to write APUSH or SAT essays or trying to understand Physics) it takes me a long time to grasp. When I do grasp it though, I mature very quickly.
- I have perfect pitch for only the note A. Really only the note A. I know, I know I could just sing a scale up or down to find different pitches in relation to the note A, but I really can’t. I will never be able to sing notes off a sheet of music on the right key but I could be used as a pretty good tuner:0
- I’m really good at memorizing things. I can memorize practically any melody of a song just by listening to it once or twice, speech, bible verse, lyrics,… But I can’t memorize history dates/figures or the spelling of words to save my life. What?
Ninja: I can understand all languages. Seriously. You could speak German, Italian, or Japanese and I would understand… Just kidding. Yes, I am a fraud. But ask my friends, sometimes it does seem as though I can understand when they speak Chinese in front of me (which I still don’t understand why they do that to keep secrets because I can still understand the basic idea of what their talking about). I guess my brain is really good at picking up cues and details from various facial expressions or gestures and tone. So, if you want to speak to me and I have some sort of context beforehand, I will probably know what you are going to tell me to some extent and how you will feel about it (angry, annoyed, happy, etc.). Also, the most literal reason why I am a ninja, I suppose, is because sometimes spell check corrects my name to the word “ninja.” Can you see the resemblance?:)