20 Lost Life Skills: A Checklist

πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί news program, The Project, did an article on life skills that we're losing. It made me wonder if I've lost those skills. So I googled a list and here we are. (List sourced from: https://www.google.com.au/amp/www.mirror.co.uk/news/technology-science/technology/20-basic-life-skills-dying-6214224.amp?client=safari)
  1. 1.
    βœ… Reading a map
    I'm actually very good spatially. I can be your navi!
  2. 2.
    βœ… Using a compass
    Yes, though it has been a while.
  3. 3.
    ❎ Tie a specific knot
    For shame! I have been taught the clove-hitch (sp?) so many times and never remember. I am expert at getting messy knots untied though πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ
  4. 4.
    βœ…βŽ Darn socks
    Not with proper darning technique admittedly. I can get those holes repaired though with a needle and thread.
  5. 5.
    βœ… Looking something up in a book (via its index) rather than googling it.
    Yes, my young lifetime was spent in the encyclopedia brittanica!
  6. 6.
    βœ… Correct letter writing technique
    I know how many spaces to leave between date, address and salutation, so yeah, I guess I do.
  7. 7.
    βœ… Knowing your spelling and grammar
    Mostly. I do fuck up from time to time and am a bit iffy on some of the more precise rules. I'm no English major.
  8. 8.
    βœ…βŽ Understanding pounds and ounces
    Pounds, ish. Ounces, no. I'm pretty certain a pound is double a kilo (or thereabouts)
  9. 9.
    βœ…βŽ Converting pounds and ounces to kilograms and grams
    Same as above. Seriously though, can America please just go metric already?
  10. 10.
    βœ… Starting a fire from scratch
    Yes. I'm really proud of this skill. I can chop my own wood too! As a side brag.
  11. 11.
    βœ… Handwriting
    Yes. I have neat handwriting mostly. My cursive is a bit rusty though
  12. 12.
    βœ…βŽ Understanding feet and inches
    Ugh. Yes. I understand feet. Inches baffle me. I know 30cm is a foot and a foot is 12 inches. Three feet is almost 1 meter. As for understanding imperial, I never will!
  13. 13.
    ❎ Knitting
    Sadly, no. Get me started and I can loop a row. I technically cannot knit though.
  14. 14.
    βœ…βŽ Recall a friend or relative's mobile number from memory
    One or two. Like I know my sister's.
  15. 15.
    βœ… Recall a partner's mobile number from memory
    Yes.
  16. 16.
    βœ…βŽ Identifying trees, birds, insects
    Some, not all.
  17. 17.
    βœ… Touch typing
    Yes. I'm no 70s secretary but I get by!
  18. 18.
    βœ… Baking bread from scratch
    Yes, and I'm super fucking proud of this skill. I'll keep you nourished. The trick is in not killing your yeast!
  19. 19.
    βœ… Taking up trousers
    Yes, though I have no need to do it.
  20. 20.
    ❎ Wiring a plug
    No. Though I think I could give it a crack.