...master of none. I love this expression, which doesn't exist in French (tthere are equivalents, but they don't have the same punch), as it describes what I am perfectly. I thought about this when Gwen commented on my recent post about mayonnaise. She was generous enough to say that I was a man of many talents.
She may be true, but I never developed them fully. I am a specialist in almost nothing. I am a medievalist, but never taught medieval literature. I know how to make mayonnaise and I am very good at it, but otherwise I am a limited, even terrible chef. My cakes are often so terrible that I even gave them a name: catastrophy cakes. I do think I am naturally talented as an actor, but I never developed it enough to make it a profession. And I have a beautiful singing voice, but again, I haven't really worked on my voice to grow it it into a professional one. I never even took the risk to become a failed actor, a failed baritone, a failed writer...
Well, at least I can make good mayonnaise, I can sing and given the proper preparation I can go on the stage and be a character. I like the extended version of the expression, which cheers me up: "Jack of all trades, master of none, though often times better than master of one". I think I might ask this one to be written on my tombstone.
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