I am currently touching up the vinyl tiles in my room. Over the years, some have become detached while others are broken around the edges.
Why I am doing this by myself instead of hiring someone? Two reasons: first, I can’t afford it and, second, I want to do it.
Oh, I am doing it slowly – one or two tiles every other day. There is no rush, and I don’t want to overstress my lower back. You know how it is with seniors.
Which brings me to the subject of this article – DIY (do-it-yourself) things. I thought of giving it some attention because I am a DIY person and want to share my inclination with other seniors to make them realize the beauty of doing some things around the house – easy, simple and cheap things.
It is a good tonic against loneliness and a excellent way to find purpose.
Other than its psychological aspect, DIY things have other benefits like:
1. Save money:
The money I have saved by doing it myself is not going to make me rich, but it can pay more than a week’s groceries.
I am sure I am not the only one keeping a close rein with my expenses. A lot of seniors, I am sure, are more cash-strapped than I am. Doing some DIY can ease the pressure.
2. Earn money:
I know of some who are earning from their hobbies like curtain making, hair dressing, car repairs and many others.
If you are good at some DIY stuff, I am sure there are always people who will pay for your skills. It may not be much, but like I said, it can buy you some needed groceries
3. Keep you busy:
With too much free time at your disposal, what better way to occupy yourself than by doing simple things around the house?
It is very fulfilling to do things you normally would have paid others do for you.
4. Slow down cognitive decline:
Doing DIY things involve a close coordination between eyes, hands, and brain. In short, it is a physical and mental activity that gives your brain that much-needed exercise.
It is also good to maintain hand dexterity and balance.
The sense of accomplishment for having done something feeds your ego and boosts your self-confidence.
5. Get connected with other people:
Offline and online are people who may be doing the same things as you. Consulting with them, exchanging views, sharing experiences, is a good way to establish a network of friends.
Many years ago I was a sales representative of a large petroleum corporation. My territory demanded that I take long drives each day to areas I hardly knew anybody in. I solved that problem by having my tennis gear at the back of my car. The first thing I did was to look for the tennis court at the end of each trip. That made me bond easily with some of the locals.
We are tribal in nature. People of the same tribe gravitate towards each other. Find your tribe and get connected.
6. Learn something new:
Learning something new is fun and fulfilling.
A couple of weeks back, my blog won’t open. I asked for assistance from my administrator who referred me to a tutorial that involved STPs (file transfer program) and html codes – subjects I am ignorant about. I am strictly a user, not a troubleshooter when it comes to the internal working of websites.
I was about to cast a curse on my blog administrator when I remembered a motivational quote I got earlier from the Net.
It says, “When there is an obstacle, don’t go around it. Don’t run from it. Go into it. Work with it. Explore it. Learn how to be with it and deal with it, and you’ll have a skill for life.”
And I did.
After two days of struggle, my blog was up and running. Not only have I learned STP, now I am sure I can handle the problem should it occur again.
7. It is liberating:
I have learned over the years that the best way of being disappointed or frustrated is to rely on others on things you can do yourself.
Doing DIY things frees you from that disappointment and frustration. It frees you from the hassle of doing constant follow-ups, of having to redo crappy jobs or late deliveries.
By doing it yourself, you get what you want, the way you want it and when you want it.
I am not sure when I can finish touching up the tiles in my room. But I am sure it will be done in the near future, and it will definitely look better than it is now.
And that is the beauty of doing DIY things. You can do it at your own pace, in a way you want it. Not to mention that they practically cost nothing but time and a huge amount of patience.