I’m a young guy currently in my early 30’s. I grew up in a subdivision and my father was a business man. If anything broke around the house or needed fixing, he would hire it out. I have many fond memories of my childhood and my father is a great man.
Unfortunately for thought me though, I never learned how to be “handy” around the house. I never gained the knowledge that many have received from growing up on a farm or around someone knowledgeable in fixing and building things. As I grew up, I found an extreme interest in how things work and I really like getting my hands dirty. I also found great interest in woodworking and country living. I love building something from scratch. The feeling of accomplishment after it is complete is truly awesome.
I couple years ago, my wife and I purchased 20 acres and a few months ago we bought my first tractor. Construction on our dream house in the country will begin in a few months. I currently have a pile of books and have self-taught myself everything from trim carpentry to basic maintenance on my tractor. One of my greatest teachers has been YouTube!
Shortly after I purchased the land, I introduced myself to a new neighbor and we have become good friends. He owns an excavation business (now run my sons) and is a farmer. This “old guy” knows how to do everything and I have gained a huge amount of respect from him. I’ll often stop by his house and catch him in the middle of removing an excavator track or restoring an old Allis Chalmers tractor. I’ll then give him a hand where I can and listen to everything he as to say. To be completely honest, I usually feel pretty dumb around him :empathy3:. I hope to someday know half the things he does.
I few days ago, I broke my garage door. After messing with it for a while, I called a friend over who is another “old guy.” Within minutes, he had the door back on track. Before he left, I asked him to take a quick look at a problem I was trying to fix on my tractor. Keep in mind; I had been messing with this issue a couple days. Again, within minutes, he showed me what the problem was and we fixed it together.
What I’ve realized is no matter how many books I read or videos I watch, there is no substitute for an “old guy’s” knowledge.
So, my hat goes off to all you “old guys.” Thank you for all your wisdom and knowledge. We “young guys” couldn’t make it through life without you.