DIY Is A Dirty Word

Many years ago, making and fixing things yourself was a mandatory and expected part of life for almost everyone. Today though, paying someone else to do everything (or just buying new) seems to be the standard.

DIY Used to be Called: Life

As we all learned in history class, communication is what props up and furthers knowledge and technology. Before there were easy ways to communicate across great distances, people were highly skilled in maybe one thing. Because they couldn’t go to Walmart to pick up some essentials or call a technician to fix the house, they were usually adept at taking care of themselves. If something broke, they were either going to fix it or do without.

Today though, there aren’t many people who can fix their own things. Between everything becoming exponentially more complicated and a general sense of “ehh, I’ll just buy a new one“, we’ve become a society of useless beings. This is so true that a term has been created for the strange few who actually like to fix and build their own things: Do-It-Yourselfers.

Dirty

Many DIY’ers are proud of their label. However, I almost find it annoying. I mean, it’s something that I use to describe myself and my personality; I like to do things myself. But I don’t want to be seen as cheap or a try-hard. And too often I get that vibe from people.

It’s probably just a small demographic of highfalutins that think they’re so much better than everyone else. Even so, it seems like everyone who isn’t a crafter or a DIY’er thinks we’re playing in the dirt just to save a buck.

I enjoy fixing, prolonging, and saving things. I also like making things my way and with interesting materials. It’s a fun challenge to figure out how something works and put it back together. Similarly, it’s really satisfying to start with a discarded wood pallet and end with a custom built decoration or piece of furniture. Why should that make you turn your nose up?

Am I Alone?

Are you a DIY’er? A crafter? A tinkerer?

What do you think? Do you sometimes feel put down by others? Or do you simply stick to your section of Pinterest and ignore everybody else?