There’s a slight chance I’m over my head here. I’ve only just taken up my career as an all-round handyman, which is a bad thing because I’m not an all-rounder. Yesterday I confused a gas bottle holder with an aluminium tray. Melbourne has no need of tradespeople who don’t know what they’re doing.
And it’s not that I don’t know what I’m doing. I’ve been part of an apprenticeship for four years! But…it was as a roofing person. So I climbed around on the roof a lot, used a hammer, ripped uo some tiles, did all that. I was thinking I might have walked away with some all-round skills, hence why I’ve started my own general business. Now, on my first day, I’m sort of regretting it. Took less time than I thought.
The one thing giving me a bit of hope is this conference thing in Sydney. It’s for people like me, so we can go along and learn about how to be better at DIY and our jobs and stuff. I just heard that one of the electives was ‘the Absolute Basics’ and I was pretty much sold, because that’s what I’ll be needing. Just give me the beginning stuff, and preferably a room full of people who are just like me: learning for the first time. I mean, surely the place won’t be packed with older guys, because they already know their stuff. They walk around with their toolbox central locking, and super-souped-up utes and pretty much look like they have nothing more to learn. So yeah, I could be in good company. Or…I’m hoping that I will be.
Anyway, I’m just going to go with my head held high, or whatever. There’s no shame in being a beginner, because it’s where everyone has to start. That’s what my old boss used to say, and I think it’s true. I’m a beginner, and proud. And I might just find out what a gas bottle holder really looks like. That’d be cool, I guess.