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What Are You Secretly Good At?

What Are You Secretly Good At?

What little things are you secretly good at? On this cloudy Tuesday, I’m curious to know. Here are ours…

“I can fold a fitted bedsheet,” says our partnerships manager Maureen. “I grab the corners underneath the scrunchy part, so the sheet is square with the scrunchy part in the middle. Then you fold it again.” Um, what? Here’s a helpful gif. “I can also pick up anything with my toes,” she added.

Jenny can juggle a soccer ball on her knees. Kim can wiggle her ears. Caroline can remember song lyrics, to everything, forever. (“Including the soundtracks to Disney movies I haven’t seen in 25 years,” she says, “and the entire catalog of Simon and Garfunkel.”)

Personally, I always know what time it is, without looking at a watch or phone. Even if I wake up in the middle of the night, I’ll instantly think, ‘It’s 4:25,’ and then I’ll look at the clock and I’ll be like a minute off. I don’t know why, I can just tell. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

My opposite of a secret talent, if we’re going there, is repeating a joke. If I’m trying to retell a joke from a TV show or movie, I’ll COMPLETELY butcher the delivery by inadvertently laughing hysterically and then forgetting the punchline right as I get to the end. I’m forever saying, “I swear it was really funny on the show.”

So, tell us, what are you secretly good at? Doing celebrity impersonations? Arriving at places right on time? Making the best scrambled eggs on the planet? I want to hear…

P.S. The hardest tongue twister, and a killer strawberry cake.

(Photo of the wonderful Mindy Kaling.)

  1. Maila says...

    I am a rockstar with a flyswatter, and also deadly with my “Bug-a-salt rifle”. In the olden days (until last year) whenever a fly was spotted in the house I’d yell “Batter up!”, grab the fly swatter, and take care of the problem quickly. I often smacked ‘em outta the air. These days I use my bug gun (it shoots table salt). Flies don’t stand a chance in my house.
    I make killer lemon bars, thanks to my backyard Eureka lemon tree. Also, my nephew calls me “The S’morinator” because I can roast a perfectly beautiful marshmallow every time.

  2. Lynne Janssen Brooks says...

    I have to add one more thing! I love when you are suddenly surprised by someone else’s hidden talent! It’s one of my fave things in life! One time, I spontaneously decided to throw myself a rollerskating birthday party (I was in my late 30s! ;>). My friend & neighbor came…a lady who may have been 10-20 years older than me…very conservative…average middle-age body type…a vet assistant…married, no kids. I was surprised she even came to this party, but my jaw almost literally hit the FLOOR when I saw her roller skate…in her own snazzy white leather skates btw! She was roller-dancing! really got her groove on!! Including high, funky kicks & shimmy-ing turns & spins!!!!! She was SO good she could be a solid gold disco roller dancer!!!! lol! I was thrilled watching her!! Loved it!! Amazing!!! This same lady shocked me again with a hidden talent she & her very nice, but also very conservative older hubby have! At a wedding reception, they suddenly broke into the most boisterous, talented, complicated-while-looking-effortless, joyful swing dancing I’ve ever seen in person!!!!! It’s SO contagious, they had us all out on the dance floor, doing our best & having a blast!! I adore hidden talents!! :>

    • Heather says...

      I have a really good sense of direction. Not remembering the way to places, but I know where north is without realising it.

      It works indoors but not underground, and I’m guessing it’s something about the position of the sun in the sky because when I visited the Southern Hemisphere I was always out by 180 degrees.

  3. Lynne Janssen Brooks says...

    I’m often asked to word things. I’ve been called the recording secretary of life. ;) Related: I can type like the wind (so could my dad…so can my kids…it’s in our dna). I’m asked for thoughtful gift advice. I can knit an adorable baby hat & crochet their birth flower for the top. I can parallel park & back out of a driveway into the proper lane, thanks to a great tip from my driver’s ed teacher almost 40 years ago that I never forgot! I can put together cute outfits & cute rooms quickly & easily with items I find on Freecycle, thrift shops, garage sales, flea markets & estate sales…for almost no money. And this is my fave ~ I can apply eyeliner…any eyeliner…in a perfect line. I was complimented by an architect/graphic designer on my perfect lines. ;) It’s not really a talent tho, I swear my eyelids have a little built-in “track” right next to my lash line. ;) Thanks so much for this positive exercise in self-love! I truly believe we all need to do this once in awhile! Please pay it forward & spread compliments as liberally as butter! :> Hugs!

  4. Kate says...

    First, I love this thread so so much. It’s easy to fall into the trap of self-criticism.

    The things I’m good at… I’m a good cook and baker and never follow a recipe to the T (except with baking). Sometimes, I don’t use a recipe at all.

    I’m really good at understanding people and getting to the bottom of their problems. As a result, I give really good advice and I usually end up being the person who wishes they could say “told you so” (which I don’t!). I also make and keep friends pretty easily.

    I’m good at folding towels and making them look pretty, and also my husband’s shirts so they aren’t wrinkled when he travels.

    I’m also a pretty decent business writer and absolutely LOVE to copyedit things.

  5. chloe says...

    my secret talent is also my superpower: I can make stuff. I can knit socks and tuques, sew clothes and cloth diapers, make bookshelves from scratch, make the new cool braided hairstyle or bake brownies with salted caramel.

    On the flipside, I’m terrible at logistics and making dinners. Can’t win then all!

  6. Jen says...

    This might be my favorite thread ever and the first time I’ve ever commented. I feel like my list of what I’m bad at is so long….. parking (bad depth perception), practical math (I don’t know conversions for recipes or measuring things or the size of rooms yet I manage a 30M+ P&L because finance math is so different…)
    But the one super power I do have is fast reading. Not a learned speed reading, but I’ve always been a super fast reader. The average mystery paperback will take about an hour. It made college so easy – read the book one evening, take the test the next morning.

  7. Odette says...

    I’m a really good proofreader. Unfortunately, I read EVERYTHING! Lists of ingredients on a jar of spaghetti sauce (yep), signs (good thing – my husband doesn’t), cereal boxes (what else are you gonna read at breakfast?)! I’m also a good judge of character and know who’s a good person and who’s going to be trouble. Awesome sense of direction (again, good thing — my husband has NONE).

    • Jessica says...

      Ooh SAME! To all 3!

  8. Caitlin says...

    I take excellent government ID photos. My passport and driver’s license are on point and I get regular compliments on them. Regular every day photos? Not so much. But make me stand in a line with armfuls of paperwork proving my identity and I can produce a freaking great photo.

    • Jessica says...

      hahaha that is so funny!! I wish I had that skill!

  9. Eva says...

    Wow great posts!

    I can make any child listen and follow our family rules. My voice always sounds neutral and kids accept it EVERY time. It’s like they’re happy that I’m asking them and all my sons playdates will become the easiest kids in our home and love to come over. It even surprises me.
    One of my best friends 9 year old boy advised his mom to just talk to me about parenting…
    And I love that it’s a family gift: my mom and brother and sister have the same way!

    • chloe says...

      that is a fantastic talent!

  10. Sara Boivin-Chabot says...

    I remember most of what I read, even if I don’t remember where I read it. Kids tend to notice that and ask me the most random questions, using me as live google.
    I am human whistle and human frog : my kids will know I am calling them from across the park or in a crowded room when they hear my frog call or trrrrr whistle.
    Actually I whistle songs all the time – better than I could ever sing.
    I pick up stuff with my toes.

    • Leisha says...

      Whistling is my secret talent too. I enjoy it so much. Usually when I’m alone, but not always! “ A whistling woman and a crowing hen” was always a southern thing that I never liked or abided by!!

  11. I am my own IMDB. I can identify actors in all their stuffs, famous or not-so famous. Whether they were in a commercial and are now in another, or moved on to a movie…I can remember and identify them. Small part with 5 minutes of screen time? Doesn’t matter. It can kind of be depressing because you see careers fall – One of Miranda’s early bfs from SATC is now in coffee creamer ads. Tough break.

    • Denise says...

      This is also my secret gift! If someone’s trying to remember the name of “that guy who was in a thing”, my first question is: WHAT ELSE WAS HE IN? 99% of the time, I can name the actor.

  12. Maria says...

    I’m weirdly good at vividly describing things, like smells, or tastes, especially if it’s a gross thing. I’m also really, really good at pinpointing peoples’ celebrity doppelgangers, or what two people they look most like.

    Oh, I’m also really good at knowing if someone’s been in my space if they weren’t supposed to be. My poor husband has to deal with me asking him if he was in my closet or car or junk drawer all the time. I think it’s because I’m really good at taking in my surroundings and noticing if things have moved or been tampered with.

  13. Lisi says...

    When pouring wine into any number of glasses, all of them will always be exactly the same – up to the very last round: empty bottle, equally filled up glasses. It’s magic and I have no idea how I’m doing it. Lots of wine-filled memories with friends seem to help…

  14. Holly says...

    These are so much fun to read.
    I’m really good with grammar; I can just hear a sentence or phrase in my head and know if it sounds right. This has also fed into my skill for business/technical writing. (However, does NOT translate into any kind of legal brief writing, as I quickly learned in grad school!) I’m a great test taker. ACT, SATs, GRE, college exams… If it is multiple choice, I’m even better. I can find anything on the internet – ex-boyfriends, current dates, textbooks, random archives, you name it. Oh, you need the 2007 US News & World Report Primary Care Medical School rankings? Got it.

  15. Kate says...

    I have incredible inference skills. Do you need me to make assumptions about the ending to a TV show or movie? Do you need me to dissect why your mother is being insane? I’m here for you.

    I once broke up with a fling because they had such terrible inference skills. I mean he clearly wasn’t the one, but there was an assumption that broke the camel’s back and I just couldn’t keep seeing him.

  16. Book recommendations! Friends ask me, I tell them, I rarely get it wrong :)

    • lindsey says...

      Give me some!

  17. Rosie says...

    I ADORE this thread! Secret talents are the best. Mine are writing the kind of sentimental-but-funny birthday cards that people save, giving really good gifts, planning trips–the more complicated the itinerary, the better–, arranging cheeseboards, having a memory for super uncommon vocabulary words, talking to/playing with children, choosing a good wine at any given price point, finding super specific things in unfamiliar grocery stores, and setting pretty tables. I also have an exhaustive restaurant knowledge of whatever city I’m living in and the ability to find the perfect one for any taste/occasion in ones I’m not–my family/friends call me their personal restaurant critic and are always asking me to choose places for them when they travel. I love to be useful to other people in this! Meanwhile, my sister is super good at arranging grocery store flowers, my best friend is an absolutely incredible cake baker, and my childhood friend’s mother is AMAZING at composing salads/fruit plates, etc.

    I would love to have the skill of being able to choose the right playlist for any event and of easily breaking awkward silences. In the market for friends to add these to the collective! ;)

    xoxo

  18. Kate says...

    I am asked to reach items on high shelves in the supermarket—like all the time. My husband finds it fascinating. I’m assuming my height (I’m 5’11”) and general mom vibes make me seem like someone who is both up to the task and likely to say yes. It sounds silly but whenever I get such a request, it makes me so happy to put my height to good use.

    • Yulia says...

      I’m 5’2” and often ask for help. One day someone even shorter asked ME to reach something. It was a huge struggle but I GLOWED afterward! It feels good, doesn’t it?

  19. Kelly says...

    I’m really really good at peeling things. Like my literal job is to peel the back membrane away from the back of the cornea, which then gets transplanted to help people see! I’m 98% success rate, teach surgeons from around the world, one of the most experienced in the world good. It is a totally random skill, which I fell into after applying for a different job off of Craigslist!! And I still enjoy peeling the protective cover off of new electronics. Ahhhhh, so satisfying!!

    • Christina says...

      Wow!

    • This is amazing!

    • Vanessa says...

      Excellent!

    • Susan says...

      Awesome skill. And why is it that some people leave that protective film on forever? I sometimes peel it off if I’m at a store when they’re not looking.

  20. Katie says...

    i love and am weirdly good at figuring out which actor is doing the voiceover on commercials.

    • Rachel says...

      Have you ever watched the show Fraiser? His radio show callers are all actors. I feel like I’ve hit the jackpot when I’m able to identify one.

  21. Vanessa says...

    First of all, I love this thread. It is really easy for me to fall into self-criticism and doubt and it’s nice to recall that what my husband calls ‘mundane superpowers’ do count for something!!

    Mine are:
    I am constantly told I look like people’s cousin/best friend from HS or college/roommate/work friend/etc. People also love to tell me their innermost feelings, even strangers, and enlist me to help them. Not sure what that is all about but I love it and love helping and feeling known?
    I can make a tasty meal from scratch with whatever is on hand, and I have a great sense of direction! Also good with untangling chains and removing splinters, knots and anything else that requires patience and steady hands :)

  22. Libby says...

    I once read about an idea of making an “alternative resume” full of all the things that you’re good at, but that wouldn’t go on your regular resume. Some girlfriends and I had a great time creating ours together. They included items such as:
    – can french braid anyone’s hair at any length
    – really good sense of direction
    – can make a complete meal out of a wheel of brie
    – always has great podcast recommendations

  23. Ellen says...

    I just have a really good memory for things that were told to me. I can remember stories people told me about what happened to them that day/week better than them years later. Like, if someone thinks they never had a fight with their best friend and i’ll them: yes you did, you fought over this and that because she did this and so on…
    Or for example I’ll remember lectures from college much better than what I read in the course. I would be able to recount about the entire lecture within a few weeks after it. But since I remember conversations so well it can be annoying when I am one hundred percent sure of what somebody told me and they later say they never said that.

    I am really good at stacking the dishes to drip dry, I can make a huge tower and n-know in what order to start stacking.

    I can cook well and make a tasty meal out of anything without ever following a recipe.

    I can read people really well, I’m very sensitive to their moods. Like, don’t bother lying or trying to hide it.

    But I suck at remembering names and i’m a huge klutz, especially pouring drinks, there’s always spilled and tea and water around my house, on the floors the table, wherever, don’t let me walk with a drink in hand.

  24. Jennifer Daniel says...

    I can magically find anything the male members of my house have “looked everywhere” for. Immediately. I go straight to it. It’s magic.

    • Stephanie says...

      My mom always asks “did you look with your hands?” Some how they always find what they are looking for. :)

    • Bettytoo says...

      Exactly – my Mom used to say, if I find it, can I spank you? Okay, I am older than most of you. She never did, but we sure looked harder before asking.

      She loved us much!!

  25. janine says...

    I’m a really great hula hooper. I was always good at hula hooping naturally, but then I took classes to learn how to do all kinds of hula hoop tricks. I always impress kids at barbecues, haha. I was even asked to teach hula hooping to a group of kids at my son’s elementary school. :)

  26. I am really really amazing at parallel parking! It’s my hidden talent. I can get my car into any spot.

  27. Shar says...

    Spelling, reading (which helps the spelling part!), cooking food well (my sister says theres nothing I make that is bad so huh), and taking care of little kids, and I’m really good at changing diapers and could probably do it with my eyes closed. Basically I’m pretty excited to be a mom someday because I’ve at least got a few important things down.

  28. I consider myself has a good eye of expensive things. I mean I don’t really splurge or like to buy expensive things, I’m very picky shopper and considerate about the price. But whenever my husband tries to buy something for me, especially shoes, I always pick what I like and it always turned out to be like waaay too expensive. I don’t understand why, I just always pick expensive things I couldn’t afford accidentally.

    • katia says...

      you would rock at thrift shopping!

  29. Bryanna says...

    I can smell really well. Like I can smell when people are hungry, because there’s more of an acidic quality to their breath – even if I’m not super close to them. I can smell when bread or cheese is going to go bad in a few days. I can identify by smell almost all the ingredients in dishes at restaurants. It was brutal when I was pregnant.

    • Kate says...

      This is wild and cool!

  30. Jane says...

    I can make a really good pie crust, am pretty good at untangling necklaces, can pick up things with my toes, can sing my full name to John Jacob Jingleheimer Smith, have memorized scads of picture books and finger games, can remember ad jingles and song lyrics, and can sing the full libretto to The Sound of Music (movie version).

    • Kathryn Swanson says...

      Would love your pie crust recipe!

  31. Cindy says...

    I can point to the north no matter where I am. For some reason, I feel like I’m always oriented. I can also memorize maps and get to any place I’ve seen on the maps without looking. If I’ve been somewhere before, I will be able to get myself there forever. My parents tested this when I was 4 and insisted I knew the directions to our mountain house 3 hours away. I got us there perfectly!

    • Mims says...

      I have this skill too….somewhere deep inside I have this tracking system that helps e observe my orientation in space…(I amazed my husband when we drove deep into Philly, his hometown, but a place I never had been too before) and I was able to navigate us back to his parents house out in the suburbs when he could not). I think it is a talent that can be learned and improved upon, if only people would look up from their phones and observe where they are.

    • Yulia says...

      I would love to have this skill. I’m so glad you think it can be cultivated because I’m going to start!

  32. Jess says...

    If there were Olympic Games in catching things that I’ve clumsily knocked off the medicine cabinet before it hits the bathroom counter I would win the gold. And I cheer myself on after every successful save because who the hell else is going to?!

    • Leisha says...

      Yes! Sometimes I just wish somebody could see all the of the “saves”!!

  33. Ash says...

    I’m weirdly good with remotes and can always open a jar without help.

  34. Annie says...

    I’m really good at trivia games. A random question will come up and the answer just pops into my head… often I have no idea where I heard it but obviously I pick up little bits of knowledge along the way. My family won’t play Trivial Pursuit with me anymore, but I love any kind of brain puzzle. When my girlfriends and I were climbing a mountain a few summers ago, about halfway up when we were all becoming really tired and needed a distraction, I made them play all the childhood car games we could think of. 20 questions, riddles, and we even named the state capitals and Presidents… and a couple of hours just flew by during the most monotonous part of the hike!

  35. These comments are amazing! I have a really good sense of direction! I once navigated myself and my sister to an Anthropologie that I had been to only once the year prior. It was in a town I wasn’t familiar with and I knew every turn – and there were lots of them!

    • Katie says...

      Yes! Same here, Katie! Strong sense of direction & memory for routes…have gone back to tucked away places in foreign cities — even years later — and I’ve still got it! Strangely though, I can’t really say the directions out loud or give them, I seem to only know it in my head.

  36. Bethany says...

    I’m Maureen’s twin!

  37. Julie says...

    I’m really good at identifying songs that sound like other songs! For example, “Sweet Annie” and “Colder Weather” — both by Zac Brown Band — can basically be sung over each other. So can “Alright” by Darius Rucker and “I Don’t Have To Be Me Til Monday” by Steve Azar. I love thinking of songs that you can match up (or that are clearly ripped off).

    • Katie says...

      Wow wow wow – that’s very cool. I wonder what a neurologist or audiologist would say about that — seems like a very sharp ability to compare aural patterns?? So rad. These skills everyone is sharing are spectacular!!! Huzzah, COJ readers!!!

  38. I’m better at remembering names than anybody I’ve ever met. Earlier this summer I was a camp counselor and I memorized all 62 of the campers names by the second day. I’m pretty proud of that skill!

    • Jessica says...

      NAMES!! I remember everyone’s name and face forever and in a new big group I’ll have the names down before anyone else. Also the name of every celebrity baby ever.

      The weird thing is, however, I’m a doctor and I can NOT for the life of me remember the name brand/generic of drugs. Makes me so mad.

  39. Brit Harris says...

    I have been able to JUGGLE since age 5 – now 28 and still juggle at least once a week……. let me know when the circus calls. ;)

  40. Leah says...

    I am really good at getting in front of the crowd at a pedestrian crossing to get across a road without getting trampled. Sounds weird when you say it out loud.

  41. i’m gifted in the art of untangling jewelry. the smaller + delicate the chain, the more fun it seems to be. i haven’t been stumped by anything yet!

  42. Vanessa says...

    Although I have always wished I was a good hunter/jumper (even just passable) what I am really good at is phlebotomy. I am one with the vein -unless I have met you socially beforehand and then I’ll actually get someone else to take your blood. I’m useless.

  43. Taylor says...

    I have a few but the one I reference most often as “random” is my uncanny ability to untangle necklaces. For whatever reason I can undo the most stubborn knots in delicate chains – it’s like a puzzle!

  44. Lucie says...

    I know how to spell almost any word, and I will have random ‘big’ vocabulary words pop in my head to use in conversation, later checking my dictionary app to see if the way I used it was actually correct?! it always is!

    more than three times I have been able to walk up to a wild bird and hold it in my hand – most recently the other day, a bird flew into my house through an open door, and I walked over to the window where it was trying to fly back out… said, “don’t worry sweetheart I am helping you get out” held out my hand and with no coaxing, picked it up, walked over towards the door, and then it flew outside! and aside from birds, most animals tend to trust and gravitate towards me which makes me feel like snow white :)

    I remember all lyrics to all songs, forever.

    I have beautiful handwriting

    I am excellent at re-configuring spaces, ie. rearranging furniture in the same space like 6 different ways. I love doing this. Like other people have mentioned as well, I can always pick the right size tupperware for any amount of leftovers, I can always tell how much of this will fit into/onto that, etc. and I’m amazing at packing a suitcase or moving boxes

    I can sing outrageously loud like an opera singer and project my voice really far

    I have the patience to do tasks like pilling a sweater, meticulously trimming a plant, untangling a necklace, color-organizing everything (my bookshelf! my bags! my closet!)

    I am very good at organizing in general and turning a mess into a clean, pretty space

    If I hear someone speaking in an accent, I can then imitate that accent (this blows my friends away and is a lot of fun)

    I’m terrible with directions, navigation, street names, etc — like embarrassingly so, but I am excellent with landmarks, shopping centers… even if I’ve been there only once, I can remember what stores were in a shopping center and typically I can also remember the order of the stores (on the right side there was a see’s, a lululemon, a barnes and noble, a jewelry store, an LPQ, and a movie theatre)

    These have been so fun to think about. I like focusing on these little gifts!

  45. Catherine says...

    I can remember what I wore to every important (and most non-important) events in my life. And I also can pick up things with my toes… :)

    • Aga says...

      ME TOO! I remember what I wore and often what my partner wore to pretty much every outing in the last 20 years.

    • Annie says...

      Collecting Boxtops for Education…I know it’s random, but I am a pro at clipping/finding them! My son even “won” most box tops for his school last year!

  46. Catherine says...

    I also can pick up things with my toes. I can also remember what I wore to every important (and most non-important) events in my life.

    • Cece says...

      I’m oddly, randomly intuitive. I can usually read people extremely accurately within seconds of meeting them, and I have a weird uncanny knack for predicting pregnancy announcements and even break-ups and divorces.

  47. Kate says...

    I’m an enneagram 2, the social version which means I am insanely good at reading people. I’ll meet someone and in 5 minutes know if we will be friends or if we should hire them (I do a lot of job interviews even though I’m an analyst!). I have little sensors that can feel what other people are feeling. It can be a burden emotionally, but such a gift too.

    • Zoe says...

      Me too! Bizarre ability to read people and pick up on the tiniest ticks. Definitely a double edged sword.

  48. Joyce says...

    I’m really good at recognising people — whether faces or the backs of people! I recognise gaits really well, which is both a useful and awkward skill. I might spot a familiar gait on the street, but it’d be too late to run!

    Love reading about all these quirky skills.

  49. Kelsey says...

    I’m secretly good at finding dropped earrings! Every the tiny ones. I’ve never actually lost an earring in my life. I have a weird memory for what’s in the fridge at all times (my boyfriend claims to but if he sees the same thing in the fridge more then twice it disappears from his memory completely, like it’s not even there). I’m also good at keeping the bed perfectly neat while I sleep. The sheets will still be tucked in like they were before I fell asleep.

  50. AnnaLynne says...

    I can tell you how much every item of clothing I own cost. I’ll give myself a $2 margin because of sales tax. Some items I’ve had since high school (10-15 years +), but I still know. No idea why my brain feels a need to remember, haha.

  51. Sarah says...

    I’m great at putting together Ikea furniture.

    • Sarah says...

      Are you me? My name is Sarah and I’m also really good at putting together IKEA furniture!

    • Katie says...

      Laids – this is legit the best. You know you can make some nice cash via Taskrabbit — I paid a guy $85 to assemble my bed with drawers! Worth every penny. Not that you’d want to monetize something you enjoy but in case you do, there’s so a market for this!!! Yay Sara & Sarah!

  52. Sally Nicholson says...

    I only have to hear a song maybe twice, to have it lodged in my brain forever.

    Want to know the second and third verses of a song my class sang in a Christmas concert 25 years ago? I’ll know it.

    I’m also GREAT at assembling furniture. The more complicated, the better!

  53. Alison says...

    I love reading these! It’s uplifting to recognize all the things people are good at that don’t necessarily “count” for as much as what we get paid to do.

    I can catch almost anything from any angle with my left hand. I can parallel park both ways (I love one way streets for this), and also get a great parking spot almost every time by making everyone in the car with me think only positive thoughts! Works like a charm. I can make a tasty dinner from things in the freezer/pantry/cupboards when it looks like we have nothing on hand to eat. Total money saver when we are about to cave and order takeout but instead I start cooking and say “just give me 20 minutes…”. I remember everyone’s birthdays like there’s a perpetual calendar in my head and it never erases.

  54. Shirley says...

    I was super obsessed with movies when I was younger and have a lot of tidbits memorized about films released from about 1993 – 2002, like dates and directors. Two of my favorite memories of this somewhat useless database was correcting a guy who was trying to mansplain Jurassic Park to me, and impressing a crush by knowing who directed The 13th Warrior.

  55. Jessica again says...

    I want to add something else! I have great parking karma. I always always always get a good parking space!!

    • Anna says...

      My husband has a friend who has amazing parking karma. Whenever we’re trying to find a spot he always chants this friend’s name!

  56. Jessica says...

    I’m really good at remembering names and faces and where I know people from. I have a really great memory that I rely on too much. Having a child has given me “mom brain” though!! I also used to remember certain days or events by the outfit I was wearing.
    I’m also really good at wrapping gifts. A lot of people hate it but I always wanted to volunteer at the mall during the holidays to wrap gifts :)

    This is such a nice thread!

  57. Thank you for sharing!

  58. agnes says...

    Those comments are so good, the best comments I have ever read. This so uplifting I want to print them. It has made me feel good about myself about very mundane things (“I’m good at cutting a pie”), making me forget the big things I’m not good at (making money).
    Thank you so much. I love you!

    • Katie says...

      SAME AGNES! Same!

  59. Yelena says...

    I am great at parallel parking! I grew up in San Francisco and can fit any car into a space most people would consider too small!

  60. Carrie Jones says...

    I have an interesting gift.

    I saw my sister’s baby in a dream before she knew whats he was having. He has grown up to look exactly as I saw him. And then our older sister got pregnant and I saw her baby too, again before she knew the gender. And again, she has grown up to look (and act!) exactly as I dreamed her. I just recently dreamed one of my long-time girlfriends was pregnant, and a couple weeks later when all us girls met up for dinner, she told us she was trying to get pregnant! I’m anxious to see what happens there :) I wonder if I will see our child one day when I am finally pregnant.

    Also, I’m really good at guessing the square footage of homes.

    • Katie says...

      That’s incredible!!

    • Anna says...

      I dreamt of my second daughter when I was pregnant with her and she really is that kid from my dream. In fact, her name is from the dream!! A friends mother put it really well when I told her about it. She said “She spoke to you, and you listened.” It sounds like you’re a really good listener!

    • Martini says...

      I also saw my child the night before I went into labor with my daughter. What a precious, dear, almost sacred memory for me.
      I wasn’t able to put the experience in words properly. People of my generation didn’t take experiences such as that very seriously, but
      privately, in my heart, I’ve long treasured the memory for many, many years now.

    • Zoe says...

      This happened to me! I saw my son in my dreams when I was in my 20s., way before I ever met my husband. He was a grown man, but the features and coloring are the same as he is today, a little boy. Nuts!

  61. Natalie T. says...

    Ooh good question! I’m good with knowing the time and not looking at the clock either. I know how to synch up where to get on the train and the escalator exit in the subway and I know exactly how long it takes to get somewhere and help people correctly estimate their time to somewhere.

    I’m really good at directions and secretly revel when someone asks me where something is, especially if I’m traveling in another city. Someone thinks I look local enough to ask me directions? What an honour! Great, small prides!

  62. Babs says...

    I call this my secret super power, but when I don’t want to run into people, I don’t. I live in a relatively small city and I’ve never run into an ex-boyfriend, a friend I’ve decided to distance myself from, a former teammate I’d just assume not see once I left a job, EVER. (I fully recognize that perhaps they’ve seen me and don’t want to say hi, and I’m ok with that.) It’s happened since I was a young adult, and even my friends have commented on it.

    • Emma B says...

      Haha, i have the exact opposite super power! I once had to hide behind a huge box of bananas from the chap I had a huge crush on when I spotted him in the store as i figured I wouldn’t bump into anyone I knew when I was wearing some old track pants as it was laundry day. Every time I’m not dressed for the occasion is when I will run into someone important. 😂

  63. Emma A says...

    Self-sabotage. (Thankfully, only minor things, so far —-Hmmm… Maybe? Maybe not?) Also, self-doubt.

    • J says...

      Emma A

      Ha this is how I felt for a couple of days too.
      But then I remembered I also make an incredible guacamole, an even better risotto, can calm my husband mid-health crisis, make my nieces howl with laughter, and I have perfected the art of laundry so that I never, ever, ever need to iron.

      Look for and revel in the small victories! X

  64. Christine says...

    It’s not a secret but I am really good at buying people gifts. I put a lot of thought into them and make sure each gift fits the person really well while also being super unique. I’m also really good at planning vacations. I think I just love really fun/unique experiences and want everyone to experience them. If I have a 5 minute conversation with you and also have access to your social media… I could buy you the best gifts and plan your dream vacation 😜

    • M. says...

      i would definitely welcome this skill in my love

    • Kelly Libby says...

      I am really good at this, too. My mom and sister take me shopping WITH them when they are picking out gifts for each other (or the grandkids). It’s so fun for me while it makes others feel so stressed.

  65. sarah says...

    I’m a vivid dreamer. I have read, drawn, and written in my dreams. Lucid dreaming sometimes, too! But that can be scary. I always decide I don’t want to be in the dream anymore, but I’m trapped inside it.

    I don’t have many talents, but this is one I suppose

    I love this exercise of recognizing places you shine, however small or insignificant they may seem :)

    • Ann says...

      I’m a lucid dreamer too and I love being able to get out of a bad dream!

  66. Ali says...

    Packing stuff into the boot of a car, its like my tetris!
    And also dreaming stuff that actually happens, i joke that i’m like 10% psychic!

  67. Cassidy says...

    I can probably name and sing along to any song that will play in a grocery store ever. I listened to the radio obsessively as a kid! I thought knowing the popular songs from every decade would make me really cool (it didn’t when I was 13, but it kind of does now in my early 20s).

    • Jane says...

      Me, too!

  68. Elisabeth says...

    I can whistle nine different ways, including both a two finger whistle and a one-handed whistle that’s so loud it can quiet a room full of loud people.

    I can kill flies easily with my bare hands. I learned from a missionary kid from Brazil who was working with me at my summer camp.

    This thread is a total mood-lifter.

    • Michelle says...

      I can quite a loud room with my loud one-handed whistle too!
      Timmy Campbell taught me to whistle with my fingers in fifth-grade and it has served me well all these years.