Yesterday, Jewish Young Professional posted this anti-self-deprecation challenge. It’s easy to focus on flaws, even if it’s in a light-hearted self-deprecating way rather than a self-critical way, and most of us don’t talk enough about the good stuff. I decided to join in, and I encourage you to as well!
Organization has always been my superpower. When I was in school, I made up for my otherwise average memory by organizing chunks of information, as that made things stay in my head better.
When I was well, organization was a performance enhancer. Now, it’s necessary for functioning. Depression gives me slow brain, and my memory is total crap, so now I lean on my organization system do be able to do the things my head used to be capable of doing on its own. If organization wasn’t a strong point of mine, I would probably be a completely useless human being right now. But as it is, my superpower saves me!
Looking shit up
I’ve always been curious. I like to learn, and I want to know more. Because I like to look things up for fun, plus I’ve done a lot of schooling that involved looking stuff up, I’ve gotten pretty good at finding relevant info, appraising source quality, and filtering relevant vs. irrelevant bits. I’m like the Cookie Monster of knowledge—yum, yum, yum, more, more, more!
My love of looking shit up has a lot to do with how I run my blog. More looking up! Of course, my penchant for looking things up means that Google knows absolutely everything about me and every obscure thing that interests me, but I can live with that.
Throwing shit out
I’m not a lot like my dad overall, but this is one thing I did pick up from him. I’ve never been especially into having stuff in the first place, which is another positive thing I picked up from my parents, but I get great satisfaction out of paring down. Minimal stuff means a clutter-free home, which I like.
The throwing shit out skill extends to paring down my blog as well. I was reluctant to do that at first, but now, I’ve embraced the satisfaction of streamlining. Begone, unnecessary tags!
Guinea pig mama-ing
I’ve been a guinea pig mama for 15 years now! I’m very devoted to my little munchkins. I’m not the most observant person in the world, so sometimes I don’t catch on to things right away, but I’ve had lots of experience taking care of unwell guinea pigs, from syringe feeding to putting in eye drops to draining pus. I sometimes forget that they’re comfortable with me, not with people in general. The boys are terrified of my niece, and the girls aren’t thrilled but are prepared to tolerate her.
Cookies have always been my favourite thing to bake, partly because they’re easy, partly because they’re yummy, and partly because cookie dough is a wonderful thing. The key is to always slightly underbake them. And eat lots of cookie dough.
What are 5 things you’re good at?