#Bloganuary – Day 5 – Desires of the Heart.

What is something you wish you knew how to do?

January 5th prompt

Would it make me seem greedy if I said that I wanted to know how to do EVERYTHING?

When I was a teenager, I thought it would be amazing to be able to read other people’s minds. To a degree, I have actually learned that, too. My high-school best friend and I share similar values, interests, and likes/dislikes. Pretty quickly, we were finishing each other’s sentences, and we always knew what the other one meant, even if our peers looked at us as if we spoke gibberish. We really thought we were onto something and figured that such skills – if nurtured properly – could help us with various tests.

We always tried to sit behind one another to maximize the potential for sharing information (“Push that piece of paper a liiiiitle more to the left… OK, got it.”) That was the old way of helping each other with some more difficult test questions. With the new weapon of reading each other’s minds, we would get straight As! The end goal was to divide the learning material so that each one of us would only need to memorize half of it, and then ‘share’ our knowledge telepathically.

“A,” I thought.

“B,” my friend guessed.

I shook my head.

We did not think we would be an overnight success, of course. It seemed only natural that, at least in the beginning, we would need to concentrate extra hard on the answer for the other person to ‘get’ it. Additionally, we started practicing in places where there were not too many people. You know how the Internet connection gets slower if too many people are using it at the same time? It is the same with telepathy. We did not want our precious thoughts to be crowded with other people’s voices and thoughts.

At one point, we actually got pretty good at the multiple-choice guessing game. We never really capitalized on it. It was more fun for us than anything. We had some good laughs trying to guess and then making up excuses as to why sometimes it did not work (margin of error, OK?).

Aside from using mind-reading for educational success, I also thought it would be cool to know what people thought just so that I could be better prepared. “That man right there is a ticket controller. Validate that ticket now!” “Mom looks angry. Possibly because I left my room messy again. I should better just eat this meal and not complain that it is not a pizza with a side of fries.” “I have a crush on this person. Do they even see me when they look in my direction?”

It was around that time that I started realizing that psychology was a subject I was interested in. I started paying more attention to people, their words, body language and actions, and learned to draw my own conclusions as to who they were and what they wanted. That is something I do to this day.

Every now and again, I wish people could read my mind, because, apparently, the things I say can be a tad confusing. I forget that some people have no idea what is between A and Z. I assume that if it is “only logical” or “common sense” to me that it is also that way to others. It is not. So, I have to explain, which sometimes destroys the whole point. It makes me feel exhausted if, at times, I also have to elaborate on my explanation. It makes me wonder about my communication skills, but I realize that is not always the issue and that sometimes the problem really does lie with the listener. (I have plenty of examples of people at work writing very detailed (or very short and to-the-point) emails and others still not understanding anything…)

However, I quickly realize that I definitely do not want anyone to be able to know my every thought. That would not aid me in growing the number of my fans. Instead, I would probably have to end up skipping town and living off the grid. Kidding. But, I do have weird thoughts. Who does not?

Would I like to be able to read someone else’s thoughts? Absolutely. Would that cause some issues? Naturally. While I like to say that other people do not affect me, hearing what they really think about me might end up hurting my little pride and ego. It is said that others think less of us than we think. Maybe. Or maybe not. And, if you hear something negative enough times, it is bound to get to you one way or another. The reason why I would like to read minds is that I would stop second-guessing myself sometimes when I arrive at specific conclusions pertaining to certain people.

Other than being able to read minds, learning to fly is also up there on my list.

If I am supposed to pick something ‘real,’ then I would have to go with… (It is so hard to choose one thing!) flying a plane. There! (I would like to have enough funds to buy my own plane, then. Of course.) I could save some time at the airport, I could see family and friends scattered around the world more often, and I could travel and learn new things.

What is something you wish you knew how to do? Is it something you will work towards or is it something (like mine), that you know might never happen?

Stay golden,

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  1. I would really, really like to be a master carpenter. One of those people who can do amazing joins by cutting the wood into pegs and slots that fit together perfectly, and when it’s all sanded down, it looks like a minor miracle. Basically, I struggle along with a hammer and a drill and a chop saw. : )

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  2. I used to think it would be cool to be dead and resurrected, but nobody knew about it. That way I could do the dangerous things I was always told I shouldn’t do – like hitchhiking. I wouldn’t have to worry about being killed, because I’d already be dead! 😆
    I guess that’s sort of true now. If we are “dead to self and alive in Christ,” we don’t have to be afraid to do whatever He tells us to do. 😏👍

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  3. I would not like to read minds tbh, unless someone is being vague.
    I have heard that everyone has very very disturbing thoughts every now and then, so no thanks, haha.
    J and I do lately do say the same things at the same time.
    That is such a weird experience. Like someone is stealing your thoughts!

    What realistic skill would I want?
    I wish I was a good singer and dancer. I would be a popular pop star for awhile and then make a career switch to childrens book illustrator and I would be sure many people would buy my book 😁

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    1. “Someone stealing your thoughts” I think that’s a good comparison. It’s fun but also kind of creepy if you think about it.

      Ha! What a perfect plan. I always thought that if only I knew how to sing, I would be a famous star. And then I saw all the singing shows and realized that many people are very talented yet they never ‘make it.’ Of course, it would have been different for you and me 😉

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  4. reminds me of the scene in Ghostbuster where Bill Murray is running a mind-reading experiemnt. the male subject keeps getting shockd, while the female student seems to get all of them right…

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  5. That’s really funny about you and your friend’s telepathy exploits. Similarly, I used to wish I could read people’s minds, but with maturity came to realize that it’s probably for the best we can’t! With my work-intensive blogging hiatus, I’ve recently been overwhelmed with the constant sense of how far from mastery I am in anything. The more qualified people I work with, the less qualified I feel. Suffice to say, there are MANY things I would love to successfully learn, but the reality is that we can only master one thing at a time. So all we can do is keep working hard and reminding ourselves that even the greats started somewhere! 🙂

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    1. I was so pleased to see a comment from you. Good to see you around these parts.

      I absolutely agree with you that other people’s expertise humbles us pretty quickly. I’d encourage you to think about instances where others feel that way about you! (I find it hard to conjure up such examples…)

      Happy New Year and stay golden!

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  6. I love your response to this one. I would have loved to be more creative, whether in art or writing. I used to joke that I couldn’t draw a straight line with a ruler. Mind reading sounds like a talent I would like to have, if I could turn it off when I wanted to.

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  7. We share a love of psychology—I like understanding people AND myself better.

    I also wrote a BS paper in 9th grade about telepathy. 🤣🤣🤣

    I wish I was funny. While I do have funny moments, I’m too serious most of the time. There’s no better feeling than intentionally making someone else laugh—such a great super power!

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      1. OMG–I have it in a box somewhere. I told my daughter that I BSed a paper on telepathy in HS and she didn’t believe me. I busted it out one day and she had a good laugh over it.

        You and me both. ❤

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