There are some things that society just seems to expect adult humans to be able to do, but it looks like not everyone got the memo.
Whether due to never being taught, or a simple inability to pick up the skill no matter how much you practice, there are some things that some folks just can't do.
I was a teenager before I was finally able to properly ride a bicycle, and even now I'm not a stranger to falling off. Let me tell you: flying over the handle bars of a bike hurt a heck of a lot more at 25 than it did at 15.
Reddit user DeterminedGames asked the folks over on AskReddit:
Whistle While You Work
I can't whistle.
I'm certain it has something to do with the shape of my mouth and tongue. Been trying to whistle for 20 years and all i've managed is a very deep single tone that sounds like wind through an old building lol
Ugh I even watched YouTube tutorials and read a whole wikiHow article and I am still unable to do it.
Sticking With It Is Hard
Long-term passion for an activity.
There are people who remain active in a single hobby or club for decades. I can't do that. I burn out on most things after a couple months max.
I'm the same but I've convinced myself it isn't such a bad thing.
I enjoy trying new things and I'm kind of the 'jack of all trades but master of none' type, which I think is probably more useful in day to day life, rather than being really specialised at something.
I’ve always struggled with that. lately I’ve been trying to wrap new hobbies into my old ones. Oh, you’re tired of woodworking but doing photography? Guess what we’re filming your woodworking now!
Is It Worth It, Though?
Neatly folding the laundry. Usually it looks... acceptable. Unless it's a fitted sheet, then it just looks chaotic.
Shower thought: but is it worth it?
I can’t roll my R’s
So I’ll never be able to properly speak Spanish or impersonate AOSTH Robotnik
Same, my mother tongue has a lot of rolling Rs and I just never clicked it. It's taken me years of practice to even manage to do it properly occasionally, and if there are a lot of consonants around the R, there's no way I'm gonna say it right. People frequently laugh at my pronunciation of certain words in said language bc I sound like a lil kid or that dude in the Princess Bride. Meanwhile my younger brothers, who've lived in the UK all their lives, can speak the language with perfect accents. :/
Words Are Hard
I forget words and end up silent or saying something really stupid and then it's awkward.
I feel that, people always seem to have every word they need ready, and I'm just sitting there thinking of a single world that fits the situation...
I feel you. Sometimes I’m at the end of my sentence and then just forget the last part. I just give up on the sentence when that happens. Sometimes other people finish the sentence for me which is pretty awkward.
As Long As It Works
I can only tie my shoes by doing bunny ears
Yeah same and I don’t give a damn that I can’t do it the ‘adult’ way.
What's That Look For?
When someone gives me 'a look' I have absolutely no idea what they mean
People shouldn't always expect people to pick up on subtle signals, even if they think it's very obvious themselves.
And then they get mad because I couldn’t understand the “weshouldgotalkoutsidewhiletheyaregoingtodancesothatwecanbealoneandeatsomefreepizza” look. what the f**k?
I can't even make straight lines due to my hands being so shaky. Fortunately I can get around this by using art programs with bézier curves and other shaping tools.
Drawing is an unfathomable mystery to me. I just don't understand how people can do it. I've never been able to.
Talking to people randomly. I can carry the conversation for hours with literally anyone, but they have to initiate it
My brother is 48. He mostly has his same friend circle as we did in high school. Other people can be around for years but if they haven't initiated a conversation with him. He doesn't speak to them. People have said they thought he was an arrogant a*s but one day they said something to him directly and he talked their ear off. He's shy, not arrogant.
I Want To Ride My Bicycle
Bike riding. Never learned because I had supposed epilepsy and fainted a lot when younger.
I can't ride either. Tried to learn as a kid but couldn't get the hang of it. Friends tried to teach me as a bigger person. I can go, but can't turn. I'm afraid of getting hit by a car too.
You might get teased for not being good at any one of these skills. But the likelihood is, if you've made it this far without the skill, you're probably fine.
There are just a few life foundations we assume everyone is taught by a certain age or it's been acquired through breathing. These simple life musts tend to allude some and that can be a shocking discovery to many. It's like learning that someone doesn't know it's not ok to kill because it will get them into trouble. Like... how did you miss that day in Life 101?
Redditor u/MissVikingQueen wanted to discuss the simple things in life that should be a no brainer by asking....
I live in Asia though.
Laundry and cooking saves money if you can do it yourself. Shina_nyaw
I get my monthly laundry done for what I earn in an hour. Otherwise, I'd spend 6 hours or more doing it myself. If you include the electricity, water, and detergent cost I'd have to pay each month (never mind the machine cost), it is more like half an hour's wage.
I can also buy a noodle soup off a street seller for what I earn in about 5 minutes.
I live in Asia though. buffalodumb
Thanks for reading my TED Talk.
How to do CPR
I'm an EMT and I worked in a very rural area for a couple years, almost every CPR Call (Code) I've run was 10-20+ minutes away, and when we got on scene no one had started CPR. Different sources will tell you different numbers, but after 5-7 minutes without oxygen brain cells will begin to die, and after 10-15 minutes if we get someone back they may have a severe mental deficit, by the 20 minute mark there's almost no chance of getting someone back and if we do they'll most likely be in a vegetative state. The longer someone has been down without CPR, the less of a chance we have to help them.
I rural EMS the 10+ minute travel time to a call is normal, lights and sirens only cut off a few minutes at intersections and traffic lights but you can only go so fast through residential areas and back roads.
In bigger cities it's a bit quicker for response time, but even still my parents house is 10 minutes from the fire station and it still took them about 7 minutes to get there when we called once (dad woke us up choking, he's ok now). So regardless of where you live you still could be waiting.
If you're afraid of hurting someone or doing CPR wrong, bad CPR is better than no CPR, or the way my instructor had put it when I was a student, 'they aren't getting any deader,' so you might as well try anything you can. It's fairly easy to learn and most classes last only a few hours and are fairly cheap and some places even do it for free. And if you don't want to put your mouth on a stranger's, they have key chain CPR masks that cost a few dollars or even 75¢ depending where you look, and with the new AHA standards you can do CPR without any rescue breaths. Learning it could help save a friend, family member, or a complete stranger. It can happen to anyone any age too, we've had babies code, high schoolers, people in their 20s and 30s and so on.
Thanks for reading my TED Talk. DrScienceSpaceCat
Zipper Merge. And ffs, if you are getting on the highway, get up to at least the speed of the traffic. ahfuqT
That's funny, I know you're supposed stop right before you swerve blindly into the next lane.
Then you use your blinker if you have enough fluid. WitchBerderLineCook
Telling people what you want instead of complaining about not getting what you wanted. Wrong_Answer_Willie
My ex didn't know that, there's things I forgot about because she told me it was ok and then learned she was mad about it. cizhiresb
To the Water....
Swim, it blows my mind how many grown adults don't know how to swim properly. Pyrazoid
Same here. Couldn't go kayaking on Lake Powell in Arizona because the minute i got in a Kayak, saw the depth of the water and "nope"ed my way back to the shore. bob-lob
Robert A. Heinlein
"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."
- Robert A. Heinlein Gymnos84
Save the Coin!Giphy
Budget money. u_Uncirculated
I've been in situations where no matter how hard I budgeted my money and lived like a student in poverty, I was still in the red at the end of every month. Au_Uncirculated