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My View: Have faith in yourself, tackle those projects

By Angie R. Lucarini

On a daily basis, most of us see things around our home that are pleading for a little love and attention.

It may be a hole that needs to be patched, or a visible pipe that’s oozing with rust. Maybe it’s the black mold forming on your bathroom ceiling or the backsplash of your kitchen sink.

Whatever the items may be in your home, we all have something.

For example, I had an oven hood that was old and rusty. It was a real eyesore for a long time. I wanted so much for it to be replaced by a new one. However, year after year there it stood, staring me down, pleading for a makeover. So, I finally decided I would do something about it myself.

We all have things in our home that need fixing or replacing. For many of us, just the thought of this can be intimidating. We feel that we must hire a professional or ask a handyman for assistance, especially if we are single or our significant other is not willing and able.

Well, I want to encourage you to have a little faith in yourself. There’s something that is worse than making a mistake, and that is allowing the fear of being incapable to hold you back from even trying.

Fear can be a very crippling adversary. We must not let that happen. Rather than go on day after day facing the areas of your home that have been neglected, just go for it.

Today, with all of the technology right at our fingertips, we can learn to do just about anything. Let nothing stand in your way of getting the job done.

While this can sometimes apply to men as well, typically it speaks to women. Women are more prone to hesitate when it comes to doing any kind of labor around the house or yard with which they are unfamiliar.

I say, lay down the fear, and do it yourself.

“What about that oven hood?” you might ask. Well, great question!

I took sandpaper to that baby and cleared off all the rust. Then I got some nice heavy-duty spray paint and covered it with a shiny black skin, to match some of the other appliances in my home. That oven hood is now shining like brand new.

It makes me wonder: Why did I wait so long?

I recently asked my 10-year-old to help me take off and replace a door knob. We both researched how to do it, and then we went to work. She was a phenomenal assistant.

Soon after, I also taught her how to change a toilet seat. Boy, these hands-on lessons definitely gave her self-confidence a real boost.

I believe we should aim to raise our children to be self-sufficient. Whether male or female, they need to learn that they are capable of doing above and beyond that which they dream of or imagine.

Yet teaching this to our children begins with the person you see every day in that mirror. The best way for us to teach our children something is to role model it in our own lives.

Well, what are you waiting for? Begin learning and practicing your new experiences now.

The next time you have something broken, old or simply in need of an overhaul, stare it in the eye and say, “I’m coming to get you.”

Angie R. Lucarini, who lives in Niagara Falls, writes for wnywomen.com magazine and In Good Health newspaper.
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