Over at Traveling Oma, Marty was talking about having credentials to do things.
Now days, folks are pretty hung up in this idea. You practically have to have a degree in everything.
I never did get that college degree -- got busy with living instead I guess, and then there was the whole "what do you want to major in?" issue. If I had it to do again, I'd go major in art and writing.
But I also believe that what you learn along the way as you're living is worth while too (remember: life is what happens while you're making other plans)
So I've been thinking about all the things I have developed the ability to do, and figured it would help me to recognize those things.
Here then is my list:
* I know enough about remodeling to be the General Contractor on a major project -- I have personally done these things: paint a room (and clean up!); lay ceramic tile on a floor, a counter and in a shower; install an electrical outlet, an exhaust fan and a ceiling fixture; replace a washer in a faucet; hang a drapery rod; hang, tape and seal dry wall; install kitchen cabinets
* I can pack a whole household of stuff and have everything arrive at its destination intact (oh yeah, I drove the truck and towed the car too)
* I can organize a large event involving many other people
* I can bake and decorate a wedding cake
* I can create a teddy bear, a doll and a quilt from idea to finished item
* I can sew clothing (every formal my daughter wore in high school had my designer label in it)
* I can create a web site (taught myself HTML code when I had a back injury)
* I can cook a meal reasonably well, and I make a mean pot of apple butter
* I can supervise an accounts payable department in a large corporation
* I'm a good listener for an adult daughter (guess I did a good job listening from the time she was real little!)
* I can change a tire, check the fluids and know enough about auto mechanics to keep the repair shop from ripping me off with stuff that isn't true
* I can knit a sweater, a scarf, a vest, an afghan, a pair of mittens, and a variety of animal toys (just don't ask me to do socks!)
* I can write a reasonably clear business letter
I'm thinking there are probably a lot of other things I haven't thought of to put on this list -- I may add them as they come to me
So, what can you do?