You know who is really good at recycling? Not just surface recycling but ingrained, second-nature recycling? None other than the South African government. You often hear talk about how things have changed since 1994 and the dawn of democracy – you seldom hear that anything (in terms of governance) has gotten any better.
The old wisdom states “if something is worth doing, it is worth doing well”. There is truth to this, but there is also truth to the reality that doing it well and doing it correctly are not necessarily the same thing.
If you ply a trade, whatever it might be, then sheer repetition brings with it skill. Make enough mistakes over enough time and you’ll work out how to do it right. Also, using the same tools and materials over and over again will provide a muscle memory to do things that much better.
You might set out to do things well, but if you’ve never done it before – or only seldom – then chances are your version of well and the professional very of well are two very different things. This is not a reason to avoid doing it though.
In my situation, recent heavy rains have highlights certain … flaws … in my roof. Nothing serious, but there’s work that needs doing. Now, the obvious thing is to call in a professional and get them to do the work. I quite enjoy working on my home, so I’m going to take a crack at it. I’m reasonably handy with tools, I have no deadline (other than making sure it is all watertight before the next rains) and the problem is simple enough that I shouldn’t need help.
This means identifying the right material for the job, following the instructions on the product, watching a few YouTube videos because that’s just the done thing nowadays and then cracking on with the work. Without doubt there will be many people out there that are far more capable than I of doing the work well. That isn’t going to stop me. I’m going to tackle the task as well as I am able. If it all goes horribly long, then I’ll look at calling someone in.
The point really is simply not to be afraid of something just because you’ve never done it or might mess it up. If you don’t try, you’re not going to learn. We also don’t have to start with the big stuff, there are more than enough little things that need doing that we can turn our hand to those. A toe dipped in the water, so to speak.
So go out there, find something that needs doing, something that will improve your life and take the time to do it the best that you can.
On a final note, if you have concerns about your privacy online, then consider the TOR browser. It is one link in a privacy chain that can help you keep a little of your anonymity on the internet. It’s available for a number of operating systems and there’s also an option for use on Android devices. You’ll need to do a bit of reading to understand how everything fits together.
We all have a past, it is an inevitable part of living. If we are really lucky, that past is full of adventures, experiences and character development. Those that are the most mind-expanding are the most formative and we carry with us the longest.