People Reveal What Skills They Should Have Mastered By Now But Haven't
Believe it or not, I don't know how to whistle, much to the surprise of just about everyone I know. I also can't blow a bubble while chewing gum, so I'm clearly a failure at life, right?
But at least I know how to do laundry and keep a clean home, unlike some of the people who responded to Redditor biomann when they asked "Adults of reddit, what is something you should have mastered by now, but failed to do so?"
"It has gotten worse..."Giphy
Handwriting. It has gotten worse not better - peaked at 4th grade.
Small talk is the bane of my existence. It's required in so many social and business settings but I hit so many walls while going through it. I know the basic format, I know what people want to hear/discuss, but that doesn't stop from me being awkward as fuck some times. It's mostly because I hate small talk and it just feels so fake to me.
My taxes. I'm 32 and my wife still insists on doing them. Even if I did do them, she would redo them to make sure it was perfect.
Not letting stupid people's opinions bother me. I get so many ignorant comments that I don't engage with because I think they're a waste of time. But I think about them anyway. Forever.
Making friends. But most importantly maintaining the friendship.
It just fizzles out. I wonder why.
I am an avoidant according to Attachment Theory. Maybe that's why.
I'm 44. I was taught the wrong way to tie shoes. My shoes ALWAYS become untied unless I deliberately force myself to tie them the proper way.
"Going to bed..."
Going to bed and getting up at the same time every day in a consistent routine.
Every time I bite my tongue or the inside of my cheek, I am reminded how I still have not mastered chewing after decades of chewing daily.
Calling companies that send me my bills (phone, electricity, internet, etc) and investigating why there was an increase in my payments or an additional charge.
Basically that means I suck at confrontation, I'd rather sit back and just pay it than seek conflict and resolution even though I was in the right to do so.
Laundry. I mean, I can put stuff in the machine and add soap and press a button, but there are so many other ways to remove stains and sort delicates and iron shirts and extra buttons that do whatever, and I don't understand it. My in-laws can bleach stuff! I have no idea how to use bleach without destroying everything in sight.
Press start and the machine goes, that's what I know.
We are told that, if you're not confident, you should just "fake it til you make it."
This is great--in theory. In practice, sometimes "faking it" can have extremely real and terrible consequences, which these people found out the hardest of hard ways.