Time and dedication is critical to learning new skills.

We spend a lot of time trying to learn new techniques. Quarantine has only accelerated this for a lot of people, for sure, with a million sourdough starters going unused while a billion rolls of yarn have gone unknitted. Not everyone can master new abilities, let alone common, everyday skills that seemingly everyone else can do.

Reddit user, u/memetimeboiiii, wanted to hear what you struggle with when they asked:

What is a common skill you just can't seem to master?

Getting Stuff Done Around The Household

How do other people get things done around the house? Like a human being? Not everyone had a Home Economics class made available to them in school, so some household skills got lost in the shuffle.

How Do They Make It Look So Easy On Cooking Shows?

Getting all the components of a meal ready at the same time.


Same. I recommend using the "keep warm" setting on your oven &/or slow cooker if you don't have a warming drawer on your oven.


Gotta make sure you do all of the prep and measuring things out before starting to cook. Nothing like having to run into the pantry 10 minutes in to get something and throwing you off.


...So We Don't All Just Stuff It In A Drawer?

Folding a fitted sheet


Ok so here's the move. Stick ya hands in a corner, any two corners, bring em together, and just skdjgnskakzhe real fast in a circular motion. Condensed ball of sheet, more than acceptable.


So You Just Lay Down...And Go To Sleep?

I'm seeing lots of people post sleeping issues on here. For me, unless there's something extra going on, like illness or jet lag, I cannot fall asleep unless under optimal conditions. That means I must be on a flat, padded surface, laying down, with as little noise as possible, no noticeable light brighter than dark gray dimness, with some freedom to move, and in most cases curled up on my side because I'm really bad at sleeping on my back. Also usually can't nap during the day no matter how tired I am.


Not Following This One...

I still can't put on a bra without putting it on backwards to do the clasp. I'm incapable.


Is this not how we all do it?


Tripping Over Your Doing-Things-In-Front-Of-Other-People Feet

Are other people around? Watching you? Judging you? Waiting for you to do something?

That's the worst, isn't it?

How Do Talk Good?

How to socialize in groups of new people.

I'm ok with socializing, just not in a setting where I don't know anyone.


No, Really. Me No Speaky That Good Linguistics?

Talking to people. "Smalltalk."

I'm fine with people I already know, or have lots in common with, can talk for 10 hours a day about nothing. but when it comes to strangers?

what the hell is going on. why are you talking to me, what do you want. please just be direct. I don't want to play mind games. i don't want to guess what your intentions are. just tell me. how can i help you? drives me insane.


What A Night

Walking in heels when drunk


Circle It Back, Keep It At A 45 Degree Angle, Annnd You've Bumped The Curb

Parallel parking. It's not that I can't do it, it's that I can't do it if anybody else is around (usually the case if you're parallel parking, in my experience).


I can't do it and I refuse to try if there is anything solid that I could hit in the vicinity...trash can, cone, other car, etc. Add an audience and it's a double nope.


Sounds Like You Really "Dropped The Ball."

I cannot hold a bowling ball. I don't have any physical disabilities, I'm of average strength and coordination. I cannot hold a bowling ball. When I go bowling, strangers film videos of my "form." I have no idea what I'm doing wrong despite it having been explained and demonstrated to me. I cannot hold a bowling ball.


Life Is Hard, Huh?

Then there are those like skills that don't compute, no matter how much you try. Things that seem everyday simple for everyone else, yet, for some reason, your brain functions just don't match up to what you're trying to do.

Still Don't Quite Understand It

Where to put full stops and commas, I've never got called out for it and got descent grades - but for the life of me I still can't wrap my head around the rules behind it.

In year 13 I even asked my english teacher where to put full stops and commas and she looked at me like I was the dumbest person on the planet lol.


Who Has Brainspace For All Those Words?

Spelling. Still need to use autocorrect to spell some words. When I was in elementary school my parents use to make me look up every word I spelled wrong on my homework in a dictionary to learn to spell it correctly. It didn't work obviously. I can read perfectly fine, I just have trouble spelling.


Feel The Rhythm In Your Fee-And You're On The Floor


My body just can't coordinate with my scumbag brain to be able to dance.


Same. It's awful. Sometimes when I'm alone I'll try to dance and just feel the music. It FEELS awkward and awful. I can't even imagine how it looks.


Just Put Your Hands On The Floor Nice And-Now You're On The Floor, Too

F-cking cartwheels.

How did every girl at school know how to do them?! I was like, hell no. I'm gonna break my neck. That was when I was like seven. Now I am 30. Same stance.


Put Your Lips Together, And...

I can't whistle.


Whisper the letter Q in English to yourself. Notice the whistly part of the letter, keep experimenting with how your lips are puckered at that moment and how you blow the air out. Keep doing that.


And Here We Have The-OW!

Detecting the presence of a coffee table without using my shin


Yeeeeeep. Add in super pale skin + anemia and you're left with perpetually black and blue shins. Hawt. 🤦🏼♀️


How Awful...

Being able to fall asleep during the day for a power nap. I just can't. My brain won't settle down.


If I'm going to nap it's a 3 hour process for me. My wife can power nap in 15 minutes, but it takes me that long just to go to sleep.


Be patient. Take your time. Listen to people who know more than you do. You can always learn something new, no matter how late in life you've started.

Except for cartwheels. Those probably have an expiration date on when your hips can handle them.

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In the words of every millennial who was once on Tumblr, adulting is hard. I’ve been a legal adult for nine years now, and I still don’t fully understand taxes. I just let TurboTax do its thing and hope for the best. They REALLY need to teach that sh*t in schools.

But I’m not the only adult who still feels like a child! I think a lot of us can relate to that. And to be honest, we can be very unprepared for what life throws at us.

U/cracksandcrevices asked: What is an adult problem that nobody prepared you for?

The worst part is the cruel awakening that we actually have to, you know, do stuff on our own.​

Choosing things is hard.

Having to not only make important decisions by myself (I expected that much) but also having to do so in a timely fashion uninhibited by indecision.


Having to make decisions is such a big thing for me. Intellectually, of course I knew I'd have to make decisions. I just want ready too make them without knowing the consequences and at the speed of life.


Errands eat up sooo much time.

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How much time you spend just doing stuff.

"Oh need to replace my tire and that's over by the store, so while I replace the tire I can do some errands and I'll save time and be home in no time" three hours later "Okay just one more errand before I head home"

Also how putting off a small task just a couple days in a row can quickly amount to a longer chore/responsibility later. "Eh I can just leave this in the sink, get to it later before bed" x 2 days "Why is this grime caked onto this plate still I've been scrubbing for 10 minutes straight!"


That’s what delivery is for.

Being sick and having to care for yourself. Like when you were younger your parents would get the medicine, or the medicine cabinet would just be stocked all the time, etc. But here I am with a cold having to build up the energy to go to the supermarket to buy some asprin and throat lozenges all by myself.


Underwear gnomes are the true pests.

The endless cleaning. I had chores when I was a kid, but I had zero clue how much actual work went into keeping house. I cleaned my house this morning and by midweek it'll be a war zone of pet hair, crumbs, and dust. I don't even have kids wtf it's like the underpants gnomes show up when I'm asleep and mess my house up.


Another sh*tty thing is the crushing loneliness that comes with adulthood. Why didn’t they tell us that we would have no friends after the age of 25?

The only thing I miss about school.

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A lack of community. Growing up you have your elementary school. Each day you see your friends and participate in activities together. Sometimes they move away and sometimes you do, but it largely stays the same through high school and middle school. Flash forward to adulthood and you're just alone. You want to make friends IRL, but have no idea how to go about doing it without seeming creepy, desperate, or god knows what.

This is really hard when you are not overtly religious so you cannot join a religious community. My friend and I talk about this from time to time, it's arguably the hardest thing to deal with in life. It gets worse the longer you live, as you know you are outliving your generation.


The reason why I have cats.

You can go days on end without having to speak to a single person, at first it's a dream come true, after about 2 months you start talking to your toaster to pad the silence while waiting for your toast.


I literally haven't spoken to someone beyond saying thank you/no when buying groceries in months. At first it felt kind of freeing and now it's just kinda sad.


Ditto on this advice.

The inevitably of your parents dying. My dad just passed away and I'm one could have prepared me I guess.


I feel you. Mine passed away back in August when I was 28. There's nothing you can do to prepare for it, and I'm afraid I have no magic words to make it better. Just know you're not alone. I'll never say it gets "better," but it eventually starts to suck less and your hard days get a little less frequent. I'm so, so sorry.


​The sad fact is, you have to start fending for yourself with no one to help you. And that’s terrifying.

Saving money is hard for this reason alone.

Basic home maintenance: when to change air filters, smoke alarm batteries, timing of lawn care, how often do you clean the gutters, are you supposed to clean under the stove, what is edging, how do you recycle, how to change locks, etc.


Not to mention the random costs that spring up. Trying to save up money? Good for you. Except your sink just sprung a leak so you need to pay a plumber to fix that. Now you can save money agai... Nope, car needs servicing. Okay, your can definitely save money now.... Wait, that leaky sink sprouted mold so now your bathroom needs to be gutted and redone.


We are all Squidward.

Being absolutely exhausted most of the time. I never thought I'd be the 'I hate everyone' guy. But I am and everyone can f*ck off.


We all become Squidward after hitting a certain age.


You either die a SpongeBob or live long enough to become a Squidward.

Me? I'm Patrick. F*ck your rat race.


As someone who has lost a parent, I can tell you that sometimes you will never be prepared for certain events in your adult life. Everyone’s experience is different, and sometimes adulthood just means figuring it out for yourself.

You got this, grown-ups of the internet. I believe in you

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