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21 September 2012 @ 11:35 am
underrated life skills  
Earlier this week in another forum, I observed that the willingness to look ridiculous is an underrated life skill.

Being free of the notion of respectability or dignity really opens a lot of doors, and it turns out that people respond really well to it -- on both sides! It's hard to let go of that for yourself (or, it has been for me, anyway), but it really pays off in a lot of big and small ways.

moominmolly added a couple of other things to the underrated life skill list: trying things you might fail at, minimizing your assumptions, playfulness.

What do you consider underrated life skills? This could include skills you think of yourself having, striving toward, wistfully imagining, observing ...
I'm feeling: chipperchipper
harimad on September 21st, 2012 05:23 pm (UTC)
The ability to stay calm.

The ability not to automatically jump to conclusions, but inquire further to find out what really is going on. (Unexpectedly useful parenting skill. Q: "CHILD! WHY AREN'T YOU GETTING IN YOUR PJ'S [like I told you twice already!?!!" A:"I can't get my shoes off [because parent tied them in double knots]." Saves ever so much aggravation."

Willingness to look ridiculous is all but required to learn a foreign language, and important in learning anything new.
houseboatonstyx: smaller-healing-buddhahouseboatonstyx on September 22nd, 2012 09:13 am (UTC)
Yes. Looking for excuses to not freak out. "Well, we can't do anything about it on a weekend anyway." ... "Just when is the deadline?" ... "Do they need it all at once?" ... "First, I want a second opinion." ... "Who exactly told you that?" ... "May I see the actual letter?" Etc.
jonahebenson14 on September 24th, 2012 07:48 pm (UTC)
learning a language is seperating yourself 100% from your native culture. It is such a beautiful thing. Dont you agree?
jonahebenson14 on September 24th, 2012 07:50 pm (UTC)
very true my friend