Image by StockSnap from Pixabay

Sometimes, it's the simple things that give us the most trouble.

We can carry a job, manage a complicated schedule full of work, friendship, family, and romance, but we can't do the little things here and there.


Maybe it comes down to priorities: the big stuff is so significant we simply must have that nailed down to lead a satisfying life.

So the minor things sometimes get pushed aside. But every so often, a situation arises that calls attention to our inability to handle that very mundane task.

A recent Reddit thread explored some examples.

anonymouspapayaz asked, "What is one 'ordinary' thing that you can't do?"

Many Redditors set their sights on the social realm. They discussed the social behaviors they just can't seem to navigate, and clearly implied how much they'd prefer to have those locked down.

Alas, with the pandemic they have some time to practice.

One In, One Out 

"Remember names. It's like I have only so many slots for people's names and when I learn a new one, an older one needs to go."

"Can get embarrassing."

-- Armchairengineer1960

Spontaneity Only 

"I'm a pretty funny guy but can't tell a joke to save my life" -- evanallenrose

"How many men walking into lightbulbs does it take to change a bar... Wait let me start over" -- SchuyWalker

"Like you just casually say funny things? I think I'm the same, I think I'm relatively funny, but when I do it on purpose I can't say it without laughing" -- rice_yummy

Anywhere But There 

"Engage in appropriate eye contact." -- Amiiboid

"I've been guilty of this one my whole life. It's reflex to not look at people. Especially when I'm the one speaking."

"I didn't even notice I did it until I was talking to a therapist about how to manage stress more efficiently and within 5 minutes of the first session he pointed it out."

"Everyone I ever talk to regularly just got used to it as something I did and never bothered paying it mind." -- ShuyWalker

Others described the basic life skills they have yet to incorporate into their skill sets. They don't always come up, but when they do, these absences can be a real pain.

Always Lost 

"I have a lot of trouble with directions and maps. I can't process it, mostly. I can't do geometry either so I think that's related."

"Ironically I'm a very very good Tetris player tho so I have some spacial reasoning skills but I can barely read a fucking map."

-- LoveAndDynamite

Probably Wise 

"Drive. I'm paralysed with fear when I'm in control of a killing machine." -- Bagners

"same, and people always insist i should drive because 'you'll get used to it' or 'you're already a better driver than most out there.' "

A Safari Of Social Norms 

"Dating. It seems like it's relatively simple for most people, but I've always had horrible luck with it."

"I'm 26 and I've never been on a date, I just figure there's something wrong with me."

-- SupaKoopa714

Never Understood 

"My handwriting is so bad my wife usually can't even read it. And we've been together over 20 year's."

"I forgot, my spelling is worse."

-- BrickBait_alt

Finally, some people described the more bizarre "skills" and abilities that came to mind. These likely won't be much of a problem any time soon.

Nonetheless, these Redditors would love to be able to do them.

Close Enough 

"I have a buddy that can't burp. He can pretty much fart on command though." -- SniffCheck

"Wow, he managed to take his skill points from burping to farting" -- Insertstalem3me

"My friend likes to fart and say: 'can you hear me now?' I hate that it still gets me." -- Dregoralive

Practice, Practice, Practice 

"Can't do that whistle thing where you make it louder using your thumb and index finger." -- BoysenberryEasy3653

"You have to bend your tongue back over itself and put your two sets of fingers in pressed again each on top of your folded tongue. As you blow your lips will naturally tighten round your fingers so don't worry too much about them."

"Finger tips should be meeting in a V formation. Change the V angle of your fingers meeting until you hear a whistling noise, try both widening and narrowing the V. It will probably be quite faint at first."

"It works easiest with your index and middle finger from each hand. Once you get you'll be able to do with any 2 sets of finger combo (e.g. thumb + pinkie on same hand or even separate)."

"It took me a good 10 mins from being shown to being able to do it. Just keep trying till you get it."

Forever Silent 

"Blow a bubble with gum" -- cynical_pragmatism

  1. "Chew gum til soft
  2. Tongue condom
  3. Use lips to firmly grip tongue condom
  4. Blow" -- HeartXUnderXBlade


Now think about yourself. What minor things can you just not seem to wrap your head around?

Want to "know" more? Never miss another big, odd, funny, or heartbreaking moment again. Sign up for the Knowable newsletter here.

One second. One moment. One decision.

They can change... everything.

Change happens with and without notice. Life happens instantly, so we have to learn to keep up.

These are all lessons we learn too late. We need more wisdom when we're younger.

We can make our lives better from the smallest decisions without knowing. But, let's start knowing.

Life will be the better for it.

Keep reading... Show less

Let me be real for a second.

Every time I listen to Bjork's "Unravel," my heart breaks a bit.

Have you ever listened to it?

It's on Homogenic, her third studio album, and it's incredible, passionate, smartly produced and a great showcase for her stupendous voice.

That song? An emotional rollercoaster, for sure.

There's tons of great music out there, though, and even more sad and gorgeous songs to discover.

Keep reading... Show less
Duy Pham on Unsplash

Unfortunately, a friendship could really end at any point in life.

Friends grow apart, but also, sometimes, it's just necessary to say goodbye to your relationship with a friend.

Maybe they aren't the right type of friend for you anymore, or maybe something has happened in their lives to make them self-destructive and toxic.

The reasons are many, and they are all sad.

Keep reading... Show less
Kelsey Chance/Unsplash

Certain personalities show up at almost every party like clockwork.

There's always that person who get's too drunk, someone awkwardly standing in the corner nursing a drink, the person who's not having a good time no matter what and the person babysitting the crowd they came with.

When there's alcohol—or any other substances—and the pressure of a social situation, all sorts of quirks will come out. We wanted to know what people thought their country would act like if they were a person attending a party.

Keep reading... Show less