The other day I was powerwashing the bottom of a boat that I'd helped haul out. I loved powerwashing -- what a satisfying activity it is, holding this Ghostbusters-like nozzle and shooting this jetstream of water that scrapes away all the growth and goop on the bottom of a boat. It's immediate and obvious and clear the impact of what you're doing, like vacuuming a very hairy rug and making a clean line there.
But as I washed I thought about how my sense of overwhelm and helplessness doesn't apply to boats. There's plenty about boats that I don't know, plenty that I haven't done, but it doesn't scare me the way house and yard stuff does. And it interests me -- I WANT to learn and try the things I don't know how to do. I can sand and varnish, do fiberglass and rigging work, repair a torn sail and dive on the bottom of a boat and clean it. I can fiddle with an outboard motor and operate a crane and drive a trailer. I can jury-rig a broken boom vang and powerwash a boat and use a grinder. I can splice and rivet and swage. And the stuff I don't know how to do, I know who to ask and how to get help and I'm not afraid of it.
I want to get that same sense of undauntedness -- courage and curiousity and confidence -- about my house and yard and car.