Saturday, May 14, 2011

On Not Being Mechanical

I'll be the first to admit, I was not born the most mechanically inclined child, I'd go so far as to say I was completely incapable of it. For the longest time, I used to envy my friends, and especially my father for the ability to just do things. My father was always the sort who really could do just about anything presented to him, being mechanical, plumbing, renovation, sales, well, whatever. A trait I admire, greatly due to self sufficiency.

Consequently, as I've gotten older. I've often found myself learning by doing. When I was 18, I couldn't have told you how to add coolant to my car, let alone change its oil. Now, if not for the internet, I'm sure i'd be lost and clueless about many things. But between youtube and, try it and see, I've slowly gained it. Today I replaced the full exhaust system, and EFI on my Yamaha. It felt awesome riding it after that, it feels more awesome being self sufficient, when just 5 years ago, I'd have paid someone 500 to do that same task. And what's more? I find it fun. Five hours ago my the 6 was in 8 pieces, now, its returned, and so much more mine.

I'll leave that as my closing thought, when you do things for yourself, and do your own upgrades. It's so much worth it, the sense of ownership is awesome.

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