Who is the opposite of Captain Obvious? I would be that.
I see what others do not. And I don’t mean figments of an imagination or dead people or the future. More like components, gaps, connections, structure, and, OK, maybe a bit of the future based on extrapolation. Regarding the latter, I often get the “what” right, but not the “when”. I have terrible timing (just like that old gypsy woman said!).
Unfortunately, people assume I see what they do plus other stuff. Hence, they think I know much more than I do. I tell them, “I don’t know everything; I just act like I do.” Inevitably, though, I am left out to regular loops.
“What up with that?” I ask when I hear about an event or decision I missed.
“We didn’t tell you because we thought you knew,” they reply. “We wondered why you weren’t there.”
“How could I possibly have known that without you telling me?”
“Because you know stuff. You, like, know everything.”
“Seriously, did you not listen when I told you I just act like I know everything?”
“We didn’t believe you.”
“Well, if you do think that I know everything, then why don’t you believe everything I tell you?”
“Uh, good question. Hmmmm. So, should we believe everything you say or should we NOT believe everything you say?”
“My recommendation is…” I hesitate and think over my reply carefully so as not to insert a don’t-do-or-believe-what-I-say paradox into the world. “…My recommendation is that you (1) act as if I know nothing, and (2) question everything I say. Or just do what you think is best in any situation. You don’t have to listen to me; it’s not like I know everything.”