"they're a natural!"
that's a phrase that is not as complementary as those who say it seem to think it is.
people usually put years and years of hard work into becoming a natural. even young people. it's unkind to belittle those efforts when they achieve a notable level of skill. if they make it look easy that's just that much harder they had to work to get there.
@djsundog The press does love those kinds of "inspirational" extreme oversimplifications, ne? The above can lead to an "overnight success", likewise rarely that simple or rapid.
@djsundog my family thinks i was born with a natural talent for writing but this is really all just practice. like i've been scribbling weird stories in journals since i was like 10. kinda sucks not to have that work recognized.
@djsundog meh, it's ok. these days they don't even know or care if i'm still writing so they gave me enough shit about it that they lost hearing-about-my-creative-projects privileges
@djsundog I prickle when people tell me I've got talent, as if it's innate. I've got skill, there's a difference.
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