Today, Dan and I got to work this morning building tons of furniture and getting this apartment to look and feel more like home. I tried building my very first complicated piece of furniture and succeeded in building (or more like assembling) an extendable dining table with a drawer! I was pretty darn proud of myself for figuring out how to use the "this thing", "that thingy", "the long round screw", "the screw tightening thingy", "the l-shaped wrench", "the wooden thingies", "the s-shaped wrench", and the drill screwdriver! Of course, I learned the names of all of these thingies and loved thinking about the physics of simple machines (and felt tremendously grateful for the gift of more complex ones)! I nursed many calluses, blisters, and cuts, and so far my recently polished nails still look pretty fantastic, speaking with complete hubris!
I didn't think I could do any of this. I didn't think I would even enjoy banana flavored marshmallow or my very sour beer named most perfectly "Cognitive Dissonance"! But, I did. You never know, right, what may happen, if you don't even try something once?