We can't ace every quiz. Every once in awhile we're going to hit a wall.
The key is to try to not be so harsh to our psyche.
We all learn differently.
But give yourself a break if you can't master everything you try, even if other people find it easy.
Redditor Mxchi27 wanted to hear about what simple skills others have down pat, that some of us just can't quite get, so they asked:
"What’s a seemingly basic thing you can’t do?"
Math past Algebra.
So many seem brilliant at it.
I gave up.
And the guitar, so frustrating.
"[How to] relax." ~ TeddyDBer
"I feel your pain! 😕." ~ Princess_S78Giphy
"Eat a healthy amount at regular intervals." ~ 300show
"I've had that issue as well due to being homeless multiple times. There are periods where I'm doing well, and other periods where I'll eat everything offered to me because what if I'm homeless soon? Gotta pack on the weight in case I'm homeless again and can't eat. The last time I was homeless, I lost 60 pounds in a little over a month, and gained it right back in a little under a month." ~ Indysteeler
"Open my eyes underwater." ~ HolyAuraJr
"Every time I try, no matter if it is fresh water, sea water, or pool water, it burns. And it burns for days afterwards." ~ Galaxy_Ranger_Bob
"I used to have the same problem. Went to a different eye doctor (for a regular check up) and he took one look at my eyes and asked: do you have trouble watching TV in a dark room? Do your eyes burn when you touch them with your hands? When you're wearing eye make up? Turns out it's an allergic reaction and eye drops made it go away! Do you experience any other discomfort with your eyes?" ~ heythere30
Make a List
"Start things, complete things, finish a todo list." ~ RandomiseUsr0
"I learned this just the other day and I am trying it out. Don't think about doing the whole thing. Just do two minutes of it. Need to get dishes done? Don't look at the stack. Just unload the dishwasher/fill the sink with soapy water. Want to get into the routine of a morning run? Don't think about treading down the street. Just put on shorts/sweats and lace up your shoes."
"Need to go shovel snow? Don't think about the work involved. Just take two minutes to put on your coat, gloves and boots. If after you follow the two minute rule you still don't want to do it then don't. However, most of the time your brain kicks in and says to itself, Well, I made it this far, I guess I'll finish up. So far I'm actually getting things done, now if I can keep my ADHD brain from creating subversive techniques I might actually be able to create the habit." ~ Yup_Shes_Still_Mad
"Whistle." ~ LollipopDreamscape
"I can whistle, but I want to be able to do that really loud whistling." ~ IndysteelerGiphy
So basically I'm bad at life.
"Make conversation, make friends." ~ Jedibri81
"I can respond to, but never initiate a conversation. If my boss and I are in the truck, and we're driving an hour to the job site, and he doesn't speak first, we're sitting in complete silence the entire time." ~ alpacamaster8675309Giphy
Rise and Shine!
"Wake up easily in the mornings. It doesn't matter how much sleep I have, I always struggle to wake up."
"Edit: Wow, thank you all so much for the upvotes and kind words and advice. I'm going to try the Alarmy app, make sure I wake up in 90 minute intervals (I did this yearsss ago but stopped for some reason), may try one of those light alarms, and will have a drink of water as soon as I wake! I will try these for a few weeks and then consider a sleep test if they don't help. Gosh how much I LOVE Reddit. Thank you all so so much ❤️." ~ emzyyx
"I don’t explain myself well so I sound like I’m rambling." ~ atleastistoletheshow
"Same. I think faster than I speak, so I get confused and lose my train of thought, often accompanied by slurred speech. I know concepts without thinking about them, but I can't explain them; I know exactly what I mean, but the words that come out are either irrelevant and/or often misconstrued. Organising thoughts is impossible."
"Doesn't help when I ought to explain something in my native language, but think in English – and vice versa. I know a word in one language and have a hard time finding an equivalent in the other. Does it surprise you if I tell you I talk with my hands a lot? Despite this, I've been a translator since 2012, huehuehue. But I have Google and dictionaries, so it's fine."
"Everyone gets bored and changes the subject or ignores me before I can finish, so I don't like speaking. It gets a lot better when I'm tipsy, though. Those who actually listen may catch the thread and finish my sentence for me, or say ‘oh, yeah, I understand what you mean’." ~ DolfK
A Dull R...
"I can’t roll my R’s." ~ BLOME69
"Same here. I feel like a bad Mexican. I can’t even pronounce my last name correctly because of it." ~ spangee85
"OK but that makes me feel a little better, I'm white but I'm trying to learn Spanish, my tutor (who is Latin American) says her own daughter can't roll their R's so it's not a big deal. I still wish I could learn how to do it tho 😭." ~ GeneralEl4
"Read maps, I have no sense of direction so if you ask me where is -location-? I sometimes don't know how to tell you." ~ IWishToRewriteMineGiphy
Do they even make maps anymore?
I still struggle with GPS.
Look at me... a master at not much.
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Sometimes you're just not meant to master something. Some people can't swim, others can't figure out Geometry -- WHY DO WE EVEN NEED GEOMETRY ANYWAY?! It's ok not be brilliant at everything. We all have our strengths and weaknesses... that is life. It does make any of us less special than the next person. Let's chat about it.
Hold the light just right for my dad. bestestbuddy
Lol lol lol, that was strategic failure--the sooner he got pissed, the sooner he'd send you back to whatever you were doing. JeeplessinSeattle
"There are no electrons"
I really want to understand how electricity works. Like Volts and Amps and Current and Watts and all that stuff. I've read and watched videos but it just doesn't click for me. BobDogGo
Try the book "There are no electrons". It reads more like a novel than a text book. pyrosteve75
And when you understand it a bit better you can watch YouTubers like eevblog, electroboom, Bigclive etc. SA1278
Going to sleep at a reasonable time. Been like this since I was teen and I don't see it changing anytime soon. Bkgrime
Been that way more or less since I could talk. I had a bedtime when really young, but I'd play or read in bed. Parents eventually gave up trying to force the issue. Sleeping just always seemed like a waste of time, especially at night when things were quiet and you could get stuff done. yParticle
How to deal with confrontation. My dad had anger issues when I was growing up and he would scream at us. It was terrifying and now as an adult idk how to handle arguments with anyone. I just get so scared and anxious. rattus-domestica
I'm kind of the opposite. My mom was extremely angry and screamy growing up and now I have trouble getting into an argument without losing my temper. I don't lash out physically and I do my best not to verbally but a mix of a certain tone and a raised voice just put my fight or flight at an instant 10. I'm working on it but it's so embarrassing. blizard_lizard19
Tie Me Up.
Tie a tie. I'm 32 and have worn a tie about 5 times in my life and have to google it every time. ElToberino
My dad is 66. He doesn't wear a tie every day but has to for work things two or three times a month. Whenever he used to buy a new tie, he would bring it over to his dad on his next visit and my grandpa would tie it for him and my dad would just loosen the loop to put them on over his head and then tighten again and never untie them.
Even when he had Alzheimer's my grandpa still tied my dads ties. After my grandpa passed away in 2008 he has resorted to googling it occasionally but mostly just avoids buying new ones. Most of his ties still have the knot my grandpa made. Pinglenook
I've always wanted to learn how to write. I write a lot for school and work, but damn - when I read other people's works I'm constantly astounded.
Who woulda thought my inadequacies were so universally shared? AmIGoingToCollege
Head over to r/writing if you haven't already.
The main thing you MUST do in order to write... is write. It doesn't have to be good. It just has to be done. And much of writing is REwriting, editing mostly.
Also, read. Read a lot. Read good writing. But also read bad writing! Learn what works and what doesn't work. Read that crappy writing and then write a paragraph or two rephrasing what you just read in a way that YOU like.
And write what you know!! If you know nothing of Elves and Dwarves and crap, but you know a TON about Medieval Slavic History, don't write about the damn Elves and Dwarves and crap, write about Medieval Slavic History. itsthevoiceman
A Second Talk.
Learn a new language. Have tried multiple times and ways but can't seem to stick with it which sucks because I would love to be able to be speak fluently in a second language. cid_highwind_7
- Travel to France
- throw passport away
- Profit MerleErEnPerle
Salt water issues....
Swim underwater without holding my nose. I wish I could but I just haven't really been able to get the hang of it. Santa-Carla-Vampire
We would practice by putting our hands on the edge of the pool, and dunking ourselves underwater and he told me to exhale through my nose. Over and over again until it stuck. Then, he swam with me.
I'll never forget that boy and his kindness! If you're out there, sir, thank you! I still remember. happycasss
Talk to people without them talking to me first. I always end up feeling left out on stuff. lilliferaft
I'm forcing myself to try new things -- like, there's a wood carving class I've signed myself up for -- and I'm trying to say "hello" to a few people and to talk to the person I'm sat next to.
I've been literally on my own every day for years now, so I'm trying to force myself to be a person again. elegant_pun
Don't worry, most people who do drive apparently never learned either. V1per41