A little while ago, I was looking for inspiration for little and simple, but creative and selfmade birthday presents. On google page 4 or 5 – the part of the internet you enter when you are a bit desperate – I came across a website called [↳] The Art of Manliness. Some of the selfmade presents were funny, but a pinned post at the side rather caught my attention.
Source: Screenshot from [↳] “100 Skills Every Man Should Know”, on The Art of Manliness
Yes, it sounds stupid, and no, I don’t take it seriously. I see this list as a very romantic and nostalgic description how men were maybe seen in the past. Nowadays, I would miss items like “How to file your tax return”, “how to maintain xyz properly”. Leaving my parents’ home and starting the life of an adult showed me, that there are a lot of things that are not taught in school/university or by your parents.
Nonetheless, I thought it would be fun to have a look at the list. I checked what I can already do, and I wrote things down which would be handy skills!
So, some numbers (yes, I like numbers):
|Things I can do||47|
|Things which are nice to be able to do||36|
|Interesting, but not really needed||12|
I won’t go through the list item by item, but here some examples.
What I can do, and I was surprised to be able to do so many things:
- No. 8 – Wet shave.
Yes, that’s how I leaned it and used a safety razor for a longer time already. As next step, I bought a shavette recently.
- No. 26 – Take the Perfect Photo.
I don’t want to brag, but some photos I took over the years are very nice.
- No. 86 – Write a letter.
Somethings I really enjoy to do via typewriter or fountain pen. Still improving though.
What I want to do:
- No. 17 – Recite a Poem From Memory.
That would be really nice if I knew more.
- No. 67 – Pick a Lock. Ever lost a key?
Yes, I did… Let’s try to pick a simple one.
- No. 91 – Brew the perfect cup of coffee.
My little Bialetti makes a good job and I already grind coffee on my own. Still, I think I can make it better.
- No. 20 – Throw a Spiral.
Maybe later in case that American football gets more popular in Europe 😉
- No. 25 – Break Down a Door.
The text states that it might be handy to rescue somebody. That’s true, but I think that only works good with American doors.
- No. 87 – Shoot a gun.
That was a tough one… would it be good to have that skill, even if you’d refuse to use any gun?
What do you think about it?