Is there anything you are just unable to do? I mean things that are second nature to some/most people.
For instance, I can’t:
Snap my fingers.
Sleep on my stomach or my back.
Sleep in my contacts or with any living animal (except for humans, ha ha ha.)
Not sleep in a bra.
Whistle by blowing air OUT.
Play a flute. Not that I don’t know the notes, I just can’t make any sound on it.
I can’t instantly discern which is right and which is left. I don’t know why, it’s just not hardwired into me. I know full well, I write with my right hand, but I still can’t figure out which direction is right or left without making an “L” with my left hand.
I also didn’t figure out how to snap my fingers until the seventh grade. However, when I did, I couldn’t stop snapping my fingers for several monthes. “Now we know you’re proud about figuring out how to snap your fingers, but can you stop it now?”
Yer right, spooje.
The brain said “roll”, the fingers received the message as “trill”.
See why I wouldn’t have made a living as a translator?
“Ich bin ein Berliner”
<Your mother is a taxicab.>
I don’t dance, either.
Can’t whistle with my fingers or a piece of grass.
Can’t make armpit noises. (One of my 4th grade students could do a passable version of the 'Star-Spangled Banner"- 1st verse. Disgusting and intriguing at the same time.)
Roommate can’t float - sinks like a stone.
Well, OK, I can’t bear children, but that’s because I’m a male person. I guess that’s not really what you meant, but there it is.
I also cannot snap my fingers.
I can whistle by blowing air out, in, with two fingers in my mouth, and with a blade of grass, but I cannot whistle through my teeth. My father can (in fact, he used to “whistle us in” at dinnertime. I still have a Pavlovian reaction when I hear it. I automatically turn and walk in the direction of the whistle). I wish I could. I hate getting my fingers wet just to produce a piercing whistle.
I can’t play the guitar. I’ve played piano since age 5, and I guess I’m just too keyboard-oriented. The finger position of guitar chords make absolutely no sense to me.
I can’t eat with chopsticks.
I have a difficult time singing casually. I studied voice for awhile, and have always sung in groups as well as solo (school, church, that kinda thing). So I can’t just sing along with the radio. I have to “perform”. My daughter says whenever I sing I sound like I’m in church.
I can’t sing. I try to sing all the time. If there is a song playing to the radio or in my head I am trying to sing to it. I remember every word to every song I heard once. However, I can’t carry a tune to save my life. I am tone deaf.
I can’t remember names. I read hundreds of books and I can never remember who wrote them. I remember the name of the book and what it was about. I can quote whole paragraphs by memory if I really liked them. But, ask me who wrote it and I draw a blank.
I also have difficulty with the whole east-west-right-left thing. I never know where I am. You can stop my boyfriend on the street at night and ask him to point north and he can do it. I only know which hand is my left because I wear my watch on my left wrist.
There are so many things I can’t do. Someone should start a thread were people can tell what they can do. For me it would be a shorter list!
I can’t make a paper airplane. People have shown me many times, but I can’t remember where to fold the paper and it always ends up crashing on takeoff.
I can’t push myself on a swing. I must have been thirteen or fourteen the last time I was on a swing, and I still needed somebody to push me. Isn’t that embarrassing? I have no clue what muscles I’m supposed to use.
I can’t swim very well. I can keep myself afloat, but not the “technical” way. (I also can’t, under any circumstances, dive.)