Five Fields of Expertise

Everybody’s good at something. And I’m not just talking about being really good at long division or knowing exactly what the significance of the color green is in that one F. Scott Fitzgerald book. A lot of people have these small secret skills that don’t often get recognized because in what world is knowing how to whistle the Canadian National Anthem going to be of any importance in my day-to-day life. Maybe if I get picked to be on The Price is Right I can finally show off my talent of knowing exactly how much household appliances cost. Regardless of how often we may or may not get recognized for these oddities, most of us are proud to show off our skills whenever the opportunity arises. So today, I’m going to share with you my Five Fields of Expertise.

State Capitals (and World Capitals?)

If you ask any of my closest friends they’ll tell you that I’m extremely proud of knowing all of the state capitals. It’s something I taught myself in middle school (to spite my arch-nemesis who also knew all the state capitals–even though I’m pretty sure she didn’t notice), and I guess it’s stuck with me ever since. Over the years I’ve even tried expanding this particular field by timing myself to see how fast I could recite all of them (less than a minute, in case you were wondering). I’ve also started learning all the world capitals, so hopefully soon I’ll be adding a field to my…what do you call a group of fields?

Imitating Popular Singers

This one is a little weird, but every since watching A Star is Born, I’ve been listening to the soundtrack on repeat like every other day of the week. I’ve learned pretty much all of the words to “Shallow,” and I’m not going to lie, I don’t sound that far off from Lady Gaga if I really give a try. I’m working on my Bradley Cooper right now. There a couple more artists I’ve tried this with–maybe I’ll upload a sound file and you guys call tell me if I’m being delusional or if Ariana Grande should just hand the mic over to me from now on.

Drawing Fish

Okay, really it’s just drawing this one specific fish, but I’m pretty darn good at it. If you want to know what kind of fish I’m talking about, use the Rainbow Fish for reference.

Solving One Side of a Rubik’s Cube

Yes, you read that correctly. Ya girl can solve exactly one side of a Rubik’s Cube. A friend taught me the first stages of solving a Rubik’s Cube–starting with one side–when I was maybe in middle school, and then after I mastered it, I guess we just never met again to talk about the next step? Either way, if you just want somebody to get you started on that first side, hit me up.

Henry VIII

I know a strange amount of information about King Henry VIII, the King of England in the early sixteenth century and a member of the Tudor household. Fun fact, he was also the father of Queen Elizabeth I, one of the most memorable rulers England has ever had. Got a history exam coming up, that just so happens to be about Henry VIII? You know where to find me.


I’m not going to lie to you guys, some of these things on my list I really had to think about. And I think that’s part of the beauty of this exercise–sometimes we don’t exactly recognize all of the random things we’re good at. What are some things you would say you were good at? What’s one of your fields of expertise? Share them in the comments section down below!


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