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Emails to my Therapist

Bold Attempt at a Repair

Maybe you build and repair your own cars and refrigerators and such, but not me.

I like instant oatmeal. Processed foods. Processed plumbing. Things already done.

But now and then in the case of my familiar trusty sits-with-me-all-day computer, I get the idea I can fix a problem myself.

Now and then I can and it’s greatly satisfying.

But just now I tried to fix a little problem with my blog and accidentally wiped out my entire blogroll. My whole set of lists of links.

And I don’t even know yet if I solved the original problem.

Well, I’m told that scientists, inventors, artists, CEOs, etc. should always embrace failure because it shows that we’re taking enough risks.

So I’m embracing my lack of a blogroll and calling it a FRESH START.

And I will not let this deter me from further attempts at minor fixes.

Ooh–just stumbled onto an article in the Chicago Tribune that tells me: “‘Fear of fixing things is typical of women in their 40s, 50s and 60s… because they were reared to believe that only men are capable of doing home repairs.'”

But the article came out in 1987 so it applies to women who are now at least two years older than me. I certainly don’t want to be a predictable stereotype.

Do you fix things? Or hesitate/refuse to? Down with stereotypes!

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