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wish I could do that

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overthehill Sun 11-Sep-16 14:44:45

This is about skills others can do and you admire and wish you could do the same.

Being caravanners we often spend time in service areas and have to go in the HGV section. The skill these drivers have in backing up their huge vehicles leaves me in awe. DH makes a valiant attempt with the van but doesn't always pull it off. This is in spite of taking a maneuvering course.

SueDonim Sun 11-Sep-16 15:07:47

I'd love to be able to sing. My Welsh grandfather had an opera singer level of voice and my mother is very musical. I sound like a frog with a sore throat whenever I try to sing. confused

hildajenniJ Sun 11-Sep-16 15:15:13

I wish I could play the piano. We never had the means or the opportunity when I was growing up. Now that I'm retired I was thinking of buying an electronic piano, but finding a teacher is difficult, they seem very thin on the ground.

ginny Sun 11-Sep-16 15:16:01

Play a musical instrument really well.

Draw peoples portraits.

I would also like to be able to write all the thoughts, ideas and stories in my head make sense when I try to write them down.

Swanny Sun 11-Sep-16 15:31:22

I wish I could ice skate. Not to do all the leaps and swizzles but just to glide gracefully over the ice, it always looks so easy when the professionals do it. I took myself off 20 miles to my nearest rink once in my teens, but they didn't have any boots to fit me (size 8 feet) and I was so embarrassed I never went again sad

SueDonim I wish I could sing too. I used to be in a couple of choirs at school but didn't keep it up. I tried again about 10 years ago but didn't go back as I could hear I sounded awful. Even my grandson objected when younger and I tried to sing him to sleep grin

Cherrytree59 Sun 11-Sep-16 16:01:41

I only sing to my GC.
I wish I had a Talent. Full stop
Its hard when you are surrounded by talented people.

SueDonim Sun 11-Sep-16 17:10:05

Swanny grin

I didn't know I couldn't sing until the music teacher at my grammar school told me in no uncertain terms that I wasn't suitable for the school choir.

millymouge Sun 11-Sep-16 17:14:08

To play a musical instrument and to draw/paint.

phoenix Sun 11-Sep-16 17:14:55

Sue I have a theory that everyone can sing, they just need to find the right song!

Alima Sun 11-Sep-16 17:15:49

I have always wanted to be able to dance. Although I managed to dance the polka in school wet weather PE lessons it is not the same as being able to nonchalantly take to the floor with a quickstep or jive. I never got further than bobbing up and down dancing around my handbag.

KatyK Sun 11-Sep-16 17:18:16

I can't drive or swim. I should have learned to do both. I envy dancers and people who sing and dance in musicals.

Charleygirl Sun 11-Sep-16 17:28:40

I used to be able to dance, having learned from an early age. Those days are long gone, too much metal in my joints now.

I can swim and drive. I only learned to do the latter- my ex told me that I would never manage because I was too stupid- wrong- I passed my test first time and that was when I was under stress of him having walking out.

DanniRae Sun 11-Sep-16 17:38:18

I wish I could get in our car and drive it. I passed my test a number of years ago, had my own car, but I would get so nervous at the thought of driving I would make any excuse to get out of it. Eventually I just gave it up all together but I still hope one day I will feel brave enough to get behind the wheel again!

shysal Sun 11-Sep-16 17:43:03

I would love to have learnt to be a plasterer or bricklayer. The neat results of both are so pleasing to the eye. I would particularly like to be able to build a 'barley sugar twist' chimney stack. I suffer from vertigo, so I have no chance of achieving this ambition!

suzied Sun 11-Sep-16 17:43:06

I would like to be fluent in lots of languages, better still, bilingual.

Newquay Sun 11-Sep-16 18:05:45

Oh Shysal my DH always says he wants to be a bricklayer when he grows up for the same reasons you have too😀

Charleygirl Sun 11-Sep-16 18:11:07

DanniRae why do you not book yourself a couple of hours lessons? That will give you the confidence (or not) to continue on your own. Is your licence up to date?

Wobblybits Sun 11-Sep-16 18:12:22

I would also love to learn hoe to lay bricks, a good wall is a joy to behold. The experts make it look so easy, but when I have tried the result looks like a five year old has done it (and that is insulting to some 5 year olds)

Greyduster Sun 11-Sep-16 18:34:58

I would love to be able to jive, but never could get the hang of it. Probably look totally silly now even if I could! I would also like to play with the Grimethorpe Colliery Band, but unfortunately I can only play the piano (and not very bad well at that!).

tanith Sun 11-Sep-16 18:39:58

I would also like to learn languages one of my grandsons is bi-lingual Spanish/English and I've tried courses but it doesn't seem to stick with me.

annodomini Sun 11-Sep-16 19:27:58

I wish I could sing. I have never been a very good singer but, having had laryngophayngeal reflux that affected my vocal cords, my voice has been even worse. How lovely it would be to stand up with a great choir and blast out the Hallelujah Chorus and other wonderful choral works.

DanniRae Sun 11-Sep-16 19:36:28

I keep thinking about that Charleygirl but also I think maybe a couple of sessions with a hypnotist?? Yes my licence is up to date - well I am 68 so I guess it is?

When my husband renews the car insurance he always puts me on it so I guess he has faith in me - but sadly I don't have faith in me shock

ninathenana Sun 11-Sep-16 20:51:06

Greyduster we are currently at a Warner hotel jazz weekend. I am amazed to watch several 60-70+ yr old couples jiving like they're in their 20s. Awesome.
I wish I could paint and sing in tune. My whole family would agree with the latter grin

overthehill Sun 11-Sep-16 21:27:47

Not that I would do it, or indeed want to, seeing generally a young man run up to a fence/wall and place two hands on it and leap over it. I am the sort that has trouble clambering over a style.

Eloethan Sun 11-Sep-16 23:12:30

There are hundreds of things I can't do that I wish I could - drive, swim (properly), play the piano, speak a foreign language, knit, sew. Oh, I'd better stop there, I'm depressing myself.