Easy Things That Aren’t
There’s some things most people can do very easily, that I struggle with. I’ve given everything a good honest go, actually several good goes, but it just never works out. Not only am I not very good at these things, I’ve accumulated a ball of anxiousness from my failure to learn that makes me avoid them somewhat more than is strictly reasonable.
Sadly, though, I can’t confess to my difficulties. Whenever I do, my confessor just smiles and says “Oh, but I know the trick to that, it’s very easy, just let me tell you!” – and I smile and nod and express appropriate gratitude for such sage advice, but what I really want is some acknowledgment that it’s okay to feel frustrated. We all have our mental blocks, after all, and most of the time we manage to muddle through life anyway.
Here’s a partial list. Comments with “helpful” suggestions are NOT allowed on this post, but if you post your own unaccountable inabilities, I promise to be sympathetic and understanding.
- Cooking a winter squash to the correct amount of doneness
- Using Green’s functions to solve partial differential equations
- Rolling my Rs
- Curling my tongue (it’s apparently not genetic after all, but interestingly enough tongue-curling is associated in men with the ability to wiggle one’s ears, which is something I can do, a little. Then again I’m not a man.)