When I was a kid, I loved to take things apart and put them back together.
When I was ten, my mom yelled at me for taking the toaster apart.
It took most of the day to figure out how to put it together, and she was unhappy to miss afternoon toast. When I was 16, I bought a car of my own. It was old, rundown, and definitely beat up, but I used my own money to buy the tin box on 4 tires. I kept you that car for almost a decade and I fixed every single problem that came up. I didn’t buy a new car until the engine was completely dead and gone. Over the years, I have learned to fix and repair a number of items around my house. I never call anyone for help unless I absolutely need to. Even when I was having trouble with the furnace, I tried to fix the problem on my own. I didn’t have a lot of knowledge on furnace repairs, but there’s a million videos on YouTube and at least a million different web pages with step-by-step directions. I spent three days going through all of the trouble shooting reports until I finally figured out why the furnace wasn’t working. It took a lot of time, but the problem ended up being a $16 part. If I had called a furnace repair company, they would have charged me a heap of money to find and fix the problem. It’s nice to have the knowledge and capability to fix any problem that comes up.