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The Descended Interest

Katherine Ryder Published: March 1, 2012 12:51 PM

As children we're instructed by our parents through almost everything that we do. As we grow we learn for ourselves, we make our own decisions and our own mistakes. We decide what we like and develop our own talents and hobbies. However, as we detach from our childhood and transition into an adult we carry those teachings from our parents with us. We reflect on what we think they would say or what they think we should do even if we soon after disregard it.

And then sometimes we carry them even further.

My talents and extra-curriculars are separate from those of my parents, for the most part. Yet, I still find myself excelling at some of those crafts that they taught me.

It makes me wonder if I would have picked them up on my own.

For instance, cooking. Would I have had the knack for cooking or baking that I do now if it hadn't been for my mom and dad teaching me what they know? What about sewing? Or scrap booking? Or organizing? What about laying carpet or painting a room? What about landscaping?

It seems that most "adult tasks" and household responsibilities are passed only through what our parents teach us, yet there are some who simply figure it out as they go along.

But the interest portion, the things a person actually enjoys doing, where do they come from? Are they inherited or are they derived from trial and error? Do we only enjoy doing things that we're good at?

I like to organize. Cook. Sew. Craft. It's the creative trait that is so deeply rooted in my personality.

I'd like to think those interests would still be there if it hadn't been for my parents' influence, but maybe they deserve more of the credit.


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