Are you a newly proclaimed DIYer? I am. With the Covid-19 lockdowns and restrictions in place in our county, we have been challenged in many ways. Out of necessity, we are thinking outside the box, creating what we need by ourselves. I personally have been amazed at my ability and creativity.
A few of my recent endeavors include:
Making my own nut butters which are healthier and tastier than store bought
Making a delicious Chocolate Avocado Ice Cream without preservatives or sugar
Trimming my hair
Self Manicures – I love mixing colors together to create my own signature look
Reinforcing rabbit screening to keep them out of our backyard
Converting to online yoga classes which allows more daily practices at home
Before Covid, DIY was defined in Wikipedia as:
The method of building, modifying, or repairing things without the direct aid of experts or professionals. DIY behaviors produce, transform, or reconstruct material possessions as well as performing tasks (landscaping, cooking, exercising). DIY behavior can be triggered by various motivations (economic benefits, lack of product availability, lack of product quality, need for customization), and identity enhancement (craftsmanship, empowerment, community seeking, uniqueness).
The term “do-it-yourself” has been associated with consumers since at least 1912 primarily in the domain of home improvement and maintenance activities. The phrase “do it yourself” had come into common usage (in standard English) in reference to the emergence of a trend of people undertaking home improvement and various other small craft and construction projects as both a creative-recreational and cost-saving activity.
Subsequently, the term DIY has taken on a broader meaning that covers a wide range of skill sets. DIY has been described as a “self-made-culture”; one of designing, creating, customizing and repairing items or things without any special training. DIY has grown to become a social concept with people sharing ideas, designs, techniques, methods and finished projects with one another either online or in person.
Now, being 1 year into living with the presence of Covid-19, we are redefining, restructuring, reshaping and recreating the how, why, what, when, where, with who parameters of life. So, DIY fits perfectly into that world. It is no longer just a hobby or a recreational activity with one’s children or grandchildren. It is not just about the money. It is a way to accomplish things, staying safe, socially distant, healthy and happy at home. It is meeting a need within us to get things done by ourselves. Of course, we will continue to collaborate with others, work with others, learn from others and rely on others, and at times need to seek expert advice. (and You Tube and Google are only a click away!) However we are learning how self-reliant we can be. We are stepping up to the challenge and becoming stronger, more adaptable, more resilient, and more resourceful than ever. As I was discussing this with my husband, he coined a phrase that is spot on: “Life is a DIY project!”
What’s your DIY project?
With Light and Love,