Welcome back to the most consistent place on the internet (lies) with the most consistent series ever: 30 Days to a Better Man. Which will totally be finished in a single 30 day period, for sure. I think the biggest joke on this blog was the last post I made before I went away for the summer. The one that was supposed to be about posture, but became a short rant about committing to things. So sorry for that stupidity. I feel really guilty about abandoning this sad little corner of the internet for so long, but I hope to at least continue some sort of effort to keep this going. Well, let’s just get into it already.
So, today was about learning a manual skill. For some reason, I forgot I started an effort on this one back in May (probably has something to do with my long break). Before I left for the summer, I had a talk with my dad. I asked him to invite me out to the garage whenever he was working on one of our family cars. He was all for it. Okay, so my car is a piece of junk. We bought at this small local dealership and it has regularly cost us large sums of money to repair. There was a freaking time I was driving home and the line for the brake fluid just split! I had to roll home and it was horrifying. There was also a time my car just broke down right in the middle of the highway when my alternator cut out. I’m just making it known my car has it out for me. Now the a/c doesn’t work anymore. Needless to say, my car sucks. I’ve come to the realization that my dad won’t always be able to fix my car for me and one day I’ll be left on the side of the road scratching my head. I’m not the kind of guy who is very interested in cars. I can recognize the appeal, but it has never naturally arisen within me specifically. But I’ve kinda decided I NEED to be interested at this point. I don’t make enough money to pay someone else to fix my car every time something goes wrong. Anyway, next time he switches the brakes I can check that off of the list.
Speaking of lists, the Art of Manliness article has a quality list of manual skills that are good to know how to do. I was surprised to find that I could already do a couple. I was not surprised to find that it was all stuff my dad had taught me. It’s good to know that my dad has been looking out for me. He taught me some genuinely useful things and it seems to have taken me too long to finally realize it. I owe him a thank you. It got me thinking how we often take this stuff for granted. We live in a world where it’s easier to shirk responsibility and get someone else to do something for us. We’ve really lost that old American spirit of getting things done ourselves and the joy of creating something or finishing a big project. The best exemplifier of this belief would be the ever–popular Ron Swanson. He truly embodies this spirit, although he can be strongly opinionated and he can often go a little too far. I don’t believe we need to mirror his hate of government or his opinions on feelings, but we do need to revive his desire to do things himself and get something done and to do it with pride. It’s rewarding, but difficult work that it seems many people are not cut out for. I just hope some changes can be made to the overall attitudes of most people.
Honestly, this was a cool day. I like the meaning behind it and I enjoy the feeling of accomplishment that rides the back of manual skills. I might do a couple more entries on that list just to check them out. They sound pretty interesting.
A little more skilled,
NOT dic pics:
Thumbs up – https://www.dreamstime.com/photos-images/thumbs-up-mechanic.html
Fixed Car – http://www.strathcom.com/2014/06/marketing-with-internet-memes-dealers/
Ron Swanson – http://swansonquotes.com/image-gallery/#.WZ4HuSiGPIU