***** NOT A TEACHER *****
I am pleased to give you my opinion. Then we shall see what
(1) I think that you did a good job in interpreting the meaning.
(2) Who am I to be brilliant?
I have no right to expect that I could be brilliant. I must keep my
place. It is absurd to think that an ordinary nobody like me could
expect to be brilliant and talented.
For example, let's say that a famous expert says something about
a subject. A friend asks you, "Was that expert correct?" You might
answer: "Who am I to say that the expert was right or wrong? She
is an expert. I am a nobody. What do I know? Probably nothing."
If you did say to the expert: "Excuse me, but I think you're wrong,"
she might get angry and reply: "Who are you to say that I am wrong?
You are an ordinary nobody, and I am an expert!!!"
(2) Actually who are you not to be?
I agree with your interpretation. That is, why do you assume that you
know what you are or are not to be? Maybe you are meant to be
brilliant and talented. (Of course, on the other hand, maybe you are
not. But at least keep an open mind. Time will tell whether you are
meant to be brilliant and talented -- or not!)
(3) There is nothing ....
I interpret it as:
Some people know that they are talented, etc., but they
try to hide the fact because they don't want other people to feel
inferior. Or they don't want people to say: "I don't like him. He is
always showing us how brilliant he is!!!" But your poem says
that if we are born with special talents, they were given to us in order
to use them. So if you have the talents of a great actor, do not
worry about what others think. Use your talents to the fullest. Then
you will be helping the world (when people enjoy the magnificent
performances that you -- as an actor -- give). In other words,
we all have special talents. Let those talents shine. Don't be
Thank you & Happy New Year
Student or Learner