I pondered this while performing one of the tasks which should be on that list.
I changed a tyre on my car. Three actually. As you can see here, it's not the first time.
But the ability to change a tyre is only at the start of the list.
Here's what I think you should be able to do in order to activate your adult-card... In no particular order...
- Be able to change a tyre.
Truly, it's not that hard. Anytime someone calls the NRMA to change a flat the service-man should just laugh at them while performing the swap.
- Be able to check and change the oil in your car.
- Be able to jump start a car.
- Be able to drive a manual.
- Be able to parallel park.
You should be able to park by the curb competently enough that a group of strangers or your family can watch without cringing.
- Be able to cook in order to survive.
Trust me, living off food that other people had prepared, gets expensive real quick.
- Be able to cook a roast dinner.
It's good to have a main meal up your sleeve.
- Be able to cook a specialty meal.
How else do you really impress a date?
- Be able to cook breakfast.
For the morning after you've really, REALLY, impressed a date/your spouse.
- Be able to swim.
You just should be able to do more than just stay afloat.
- Be able, and willing, to change a nappy.
Any nappy. One AND Twos. Not just your own kid. Without complaining.
- Be able to do your taxes.
Whilst you might use an accountant, you're both capable to fill in the form yourself and have done so in the past.
- Be able to change a light bulb.
See what I wrote earlier about changing a tire, change NRMA to handyman, and multiply that by a million.
- Be able to change a tap washer.
See what I wrote about the oil in your car... Ditto.
- Be able to iron clothes.
- Be able to sew on a button.
For when you notice it missing from your freshly-ironed shirt.
- Be able to tie a neck-tie.
Bonus if you've got more than one knot in your arsenal.
- Know what alcoholic drink you enjoy and how it's best served.
Of course, enjoyed responsibly.
- Be able to make quality hot drinks.
Everyone loves the person who can make great coffee or brew a fine tea.
- Be able to read a map and use a compass.
You never know when you'll need it. But, when you do, you'll be screwed if all you know is how to use GPS and there's no Internet.
- Know first aid, especially CPR.
See what I wrote about a map and compass, now insert the element of potential-life-and-death.
- Be able to build and start a fire.
Again, copy and paste from above. Bonus if you can start it without matches.
- Know how to find or collect water if stranded.
- Be able to kill a bug relatively fearlessly.
- Know how to form a good argument.
- Know how to give a good speech.
This will put you ahead of a lot of people who hate public speaking.
- Be albe to spell and use propa grammar.
This will put you ahead of a lot of people, especially in a professional setting.If performing a good speech would put you ahead of others, this will advance you light-years.
- Be able to tell a good story.
The hidden secret of good communication.
- Be able to draw for kids.
- Know your responses to my "real" man questions.
What do you protect, provide and stand for?
In no way is this an exhaustive list, but I think it's a good start.
Of the 31 points, I can do approximately 23 (you can speculate which ones I can't do).
So, if you don't mind, I'll turn in my adult-card once I hit publish...