My dad always taught me “safety first” to the point I only did things that were safe. That meant I didn’t grow up around power tools, building anything or fixing anything. I may have missed out but I have longevity on my side. Maybe by now I would have fallen to a terrible accident involving a piece of machinery or equipment if only I’d had the opportunity to use any.
But the other day I had the opportunity to use a power saw. I borrowed my neighbor’s tool to help clean up heavy tree branches that walloped my backyard and side of the house (thanks, Hurricane Sandy). These limbs weigh more than I do. I couldn’t just toss them in the garbage. They needed to be cut into pieces.
My hand-held ax and pruner weren’t up to the job. Neither was a manual saw. I needed to bring in the big guns. I found using it rewarding, exhilarating, and fun. I felt proud of learning a new trick, one that saved me some money in the process.
I wore gloves and goggles and heeded the tips for using it safely from my neighbor. I was a cutting machine. I even scored some points showing off for my wife.
The experience opened me up into wanting to take on new challenges. Would I rewire the house, do drywall, and build a deck? Probably not, but maybe I could do things I never pictured myself doing, whatever those things may be.
I at least proved to myself that I can overcome what is really just a mental barrier. Where a fear for safety guided me in the past, I want to instead be inspired to take a calculated risk to pursue what’s a little less familiar or common to me.
Today I conquered a chainsaw. Tomorrow, who knows? Who really knows?
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