Over the past 382 days I have accumulated and honed a set of very unique life skills. Unfortunately, most of these just didn’t seem to fit in to my resume, so I thought I’d list them here.
Life skills that should make me a more employable person but are most likely sadly underestimated:
- The ability to manoeuvre one or more suitcases in a variety of intricate fashions. Including but not limited to; getting a large suitcase and accompanying hand luggage into an airport toilet cubicle, down stairs, up stairs, along 2km of cobbled streets, into elevators, onto escalators, onto buses, etc.
- The ability to dig a rainwater ditch. Because there comes a time at every horse show when someone has to do it.
- The ability to accurately judge wind speed, direction, and velocity. Because when you’re mucking paddocks and flinging manure into the wheelbarrow, you want it to land in the wheelbarrow, and not fly back in your face.
- The ability to PROPERLY coil rope, hoses, and electrical cords. Because if you don’t do it properly, there’s nothing more annoying than trying to untangle them.
- The ability to remember several different timezones simultaneously and coordinate phone calls and Skype calls accordingly. So I’m basically be qualified as a secretary now, right?
- The ability to pack large amounts of stuff into one suitcase and one carry-on bag. Also known as suitcase tetris.
- The ability to pack a horse trailer. Sounds easy, but you try fitting 16 bales of hay and 12 bags of shavings in a trailer so that a) the horses don’t eat the hay and b) you still have enough room to fit in the rest of the gear AND get the horses up the ramp. Also known as trailer tetris.
- The ability to film/take pictures whilst riding. And actually have the pictures turn out half-decent.
- The ability to do currency conversions mentally. Because if you can’t do this when you’re shopping internationally, you’ve got a problem.
- The ability to sleep on planes, buses, trains, couches, and similar places. Because when you’ve got two 13 hour flights back to back, you need that sleep wherever you can get it.