Why we love getting dirty

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It’s a beautiful thing, this art of mechanical repair. Using your skills, your brains, your logic, to improve an item to something more that what it is now. It allows us to run the full gamut of emotions, to feel the entire spectrum of what it feels to be human. You feel stupid if you mess up, you feel happy if you achieve your goal, it hurts if you smash your hand against cold hard metal. You get that awesome feeling of ‘I fixed this and now I’m doing 100kmh’, then the fear of realising ‘I fixed this and now I’m doing 100kmh’.

It is an art, it’s effort to achieve something subjective and desirable, and it’s therapeutic. Get out in the shed today, you owe it to yourself.

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