Mighty Life List
Nov 10 2010

Robot Dancing is My Super Power

Some days I just want to throw everything aside, and get really good at the robot, you know? Then I’d go have a dance battle with the kid who enters at :36.

Is there anything you wishwishwish you could do, despite a lack of natural talent for it?

41 Responses to “Robot Dancing is My Super Power”

  • Jen W. Says:

    Raise just one eyebrow. I’ve tried and tried, but can’t do it.

  • Tasha Haley Says:

    I want to be an acrobat in Cirque du Soleil! Never mind that I can’t even touch my toes without bending my knees.

  • Peter Says:

    Hi Maggie, I lurk but never evers comment.. I’m the kid with the white shirt in the rain.

    Nah, but I wish I could what these guys do. I do I do. I also wish I understood what the elephants are saying about us. I don’t think it’s nice.

  • The Tia Says:

    I wish i could sing big band!

  • Nicole Says:

    shhh . . . .

  • Nicole Says:

    oops, that didn’t work – I said I wish I could dance like James Brown . . .

  • Tina Says:

    that robot kid was unbelievable.
    I wish I could wrap presents real purty….
    I try, but it’s just bad.

  • Mme_M Says:

    Wow, I now know why the kids say “sick” (in a good way). Those moves are exactly that.

  • NSH Says:

    That kid in the red-orange sweater? He grew up to be the editor of his Ivy League school’s newspaper. (Not kidding — he’s a friend.)

  • Jennifluff Says:

    I just got chills…and not because its freezing in my house. Orange sweater guy…man. He killed it.

    I wish I could play ragtime. That would be neat.

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  • Meegan Says:

    Jam. As in play an instrument, any instrument, well enough to just improvise, groove, and rock out.

  • Caro Says:

    Sing in a broadway musical, absolutely. Also join a flying trapeze troupe and tour with the circus.

  • Martha Says:

    Aw, my wish is so lame compared to the circus and jamming. I want to be able to roll my tongue and wiggle my ears.

  • Abbe Says:

    Draw or otherwise create art. I can learn how to play guitar (and hope to one day), but I think have artistic talent is more innate. You either got it or you don’t. I don’t.

  • Julie Says:

    Tan. Or at least not have to wear SPF 30. In November. In upstate NY.

    Re:the dancing. This fat white girl will never learn that paying to learn from a badass is no substitute for talent. It isn’t without its merits, though.

  • Leslie Says:

    Yes! I wish I was a martial arts expert! And a ninja!

  • KMayer Says:

    i often mistake knowing all the words for singing well. Clearly NOT THE SAME THING.

  • Jessica Says:

    I love my body just the way it is, but I’ve always really wanted to be a supermodel. Like a known-around-the-globe-only-needs-one-name supermodel. However, I’m a very athletic 5’6″ and 140 lb. instead.

  • Heidi Says:

    Play guitar and dance like a ballerina…I probably should add these to the mighty list (at least a step towards those goals anyway).

  • Alison Says:

    I wishwishwish I could sing! Well, I can sing, but I wish I could sing well, in voice and note.

  • Ris Says:

    I wish I could sing, with a big giant LOOKOUT WORLD voice. I’m a small short person, and I think it would be amazing to belt out a tune and have people say “wow, how did all that music just come out of your mouth?!”

  • Maureen Says:

    i want to robot dance like that!

  • Jan Says:

    I am in awe of my friend Eric who followed his little sister to her dance class one day and discovered an amazing talent for ballet when he was 13 years old. I am floored by my mate P who decided he enjoyed cooking last year and will be on Masterchef this season. I seriously hate my baby brother who picked up a camera a couple of months ago and now takes the most phenomenal photographs I’ve ever seen. I wishwishwish I had natural talent to do one thing, ANYTHING, supremely well. For now, I’ll keep collecting seriously talented friends. :)

  • Melanie Says:

    I often get the urge to run up a wall and do a backflip off it… or to do a jumping roundhouse kick from a standing position. Basically, I really wish I was a kung-fu ninja.

  • Carolyn Says:

    Whistling. I’ve been trying since I was a kid. Earnestly trying. Ever since I heard Paul Simon in ‘Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard’ and Supertramp whistling in ‘Goodbye Stranger’ I’ve been a girl possessed.
    I was told braces would make it happen. Not so (damn those liars). So I keep on trying, hoping, wishing, practicing. Every once in a great while, a faint little peep comes out and I get terribly excited. Then it fizzles. Will it ever happen – this ability to gloriously blow air out of one’s mouth and create such a lovely sound? If trying was a sure sign of success, I’d be right there with Otis, sittin’ by the dock of the Bay.

  • Sara Says:

    So fun! And there’s an interview with him, it’s really cute:


  • Rachel Says:

    I LOVE how he goes out there and does those shoulder-shrug moves at first like “Yeah, I can dance a little?”

  • BeckyC Says:

    Fly. Or, if we’re going to obey the laws of physics, have the confidence to sing outside of my car the way I sing inside of it.

  • Alyce Says:

    My list is so incredibly long, but I just watched an episode of Top Gear where the guys raced those people who do the run and jump and bounce off walls and tuck and roll from the top of one building to the other (free running maybe it’s called).

  • Heartworks Says:

    Yeah, MATH.

  • Dawn Says:

    Speak Italian fluently

  • Beth Says:


  • Manders Says:

    Math. I find it utterly fascinating, but if there is such a thing as exclusively numerical dyslexia, I’m pretty sure I have it. And my brain doesn’t like formal logic, either. I somehow made all As in the subject in high school, but I don’t know how I did it.

  • Gina Says:

    Opera singing and maybe some sort of athletic skill, since I have none at all.

  • Moltomom Says:

    Well, my son truly believes that the “eyes in the back of my head” enable me to see everything. So I guess I do kind of have a super power. ;)

  • Christy Says:

    I love your post, Jan.
    I wish wish wish I could beatbox like The Biz or Rahzel.

  • annie Says:

    That was awesome!
    I wish I could dance in any way, really. I sort of have a natural Elaine from Seinfeld thing going on.

  • Jasmin Says:

    @Alyce, free running is also called parkour, and it’s seriously awesome. that might be the closest thing to flying (without some kind of apparatus) for us humans :)

    my wish is to ride a trials bike like the incredible Danny MacAskill.

    a girl can dream…

  • doahleigh Says:

    Sing! It seems like such a great way to express yourself, and when I try to sing it’s painful. I don’t want to be a famous singer or anything, I just want to be able to rock it at karaoke once in awhile.

  • Alison F. Says:

    I love this kid! Dancing makes me smile. Have you seen this one? It is a comedian doing the evolution of dance. Oh how I spent hours in front of my mirror as a kid trying to learn these moves!