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."
"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.
"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."
"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."
"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."
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.
"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."
"Blow a bubble with gum" -- cynical_pragmatism
- "Chew gum til soft
- Tongue condom
- Use lips to firmly grip tongue condom
- Blow" -- HeartXUnderXBlade
Now think about yourself. What minor things can you just not seem to wrap your head around?
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Let's just toss them out, shall we?
People shared their thoughts with us after Redditor Levels2ThisBrush asked the online community,
"What should be socially acceptable but isn't?"
"Leaving the office..."
"Leaving the office whenever you've finished your tasks for the day."
This is why I'm so glad remote work is the new office.
"And yet, I get it!"
I do not miss my retail days where I had to organise someone to cover me and beg on bended knee.
"Cashiers or workers who don’t need to be standing all day not having a stool or chair."
"Prices on apartments..."
I always assume if I have to ask the price I probably can’t afford it.
"Being quiet/not wanting to engage in conversation all the time."
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"Choosing not to..."
"Choosing not to have toxic family members in your life."
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"What made you say 'f'k this sh*t im out?'"
The unwarranted reprimanding was something that was never mentioned in the initial job description.
"In the late 90’s."
"It was nice a few short years later, the entire chain bankrupted."
Human Punching Bag
"First shift back, not pleased being back, he makes a snarky comment."
"F'k this, Im out."
You Only Get One Job
"I was told that they couldn't give me a good schedule so I quit."
A Shocking Incident
"She lined my bed with broken glass put the blankets over it and I dove on in lol."
Ally For The Ex
The lesson for today is–Don't be miserable. Your sanity is worth saving.Besides, you would never know that something better awaits if you just don't get the F out.
Lucky for them, it's delicious either way.
And this can include foods which are not customarily sold both hot and cold (cold pizza anyone?).
"What is something that tastes good both hot and cold?"
Fresh out of the oven, or the next day!
Chocolate withstands all temperatrues
"Chocolate."Chocolate Satisfying GIF by HuffPostGiphy
Can't go wrong with fruit and pastry
"Apple pie."- Hak_Saw5000
This doesn't only apply to food
"Revenge."- pushthestartbuttonkarine vanasse revenge GIF by HULUGiphy
Let the flavor develop
"2 totally different flavors depending on warm vs cold from fridge."- nonkowledge
So many to choose from!
A matter of textural preference
"Cheese, ya fools."- eat_dontpray_loveCloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs Eating GIFGiphy
Under a hot greek sun, or during a cold winter's eve.