Sunday, February 26, 2012

reality check: plumbing

I’m thankful that I was able to help my dad with plumbing today. It showed me that I was spoiled and it made me so thankful that I get to sit in a nice office. Thankful that I don’t have to do physical labor to make a living. Thankful that my parents toiled to get me a good education that resulted in my current job.

I came to this realization because I was too weaksauce. I couldn't even handle the physical labor of helping my dad fix the plumbing. I couldn't handle the squatting. Even though it wasn't aerobic exercising or anything. It was a neither here-nor-there kind of feeling of just squatting or being in a hunched position for several hours, trying to fix a plumbing problem, feeling cramped and uncomfortable, unable to use the most efficient muscles, and unable to position my body to generate the most torque to get the job done because there was no space. It was frustrating.

I’m thankful that my parents forced me to study, even though I hated it when I was younger. Throughout the past few weeks, I had told my parents that I wanted to join the military. They kept trying to tell me not too. I wasn't that serious but had just wanted to tell my parents that it was something I was going to look into. But my parents got so worked up about it that the more they kept trying to persuade me not, the more I kept saying that I wanted to do it.

But after trying to help my dad today with fixing the plumbing and failing, I realized I’m probably not cut out for the military. I’m too much of a wuss.


  1. Cheer up, dude! Don't feel bad just because you're not good in plumbing. You've helped your dad out, and that's good enough. You don't need to be expert. I hope you didn't get body pain after several hours of squatting though.

  2. This is quite a very insightful realization you got from a plumbing mayhem. There's definitely a lot to be thankful for. As folks from the Internet say, YOLO. There are a lot of things you can do to make your life even more worthwhile. Regret nothing! :)

  3. Well let’s look at this way: You appreciate your parents more now, than you did before. They did everything in your power to get you were you are today. They sacrificed a lot and we can’t repay them, but love them for what they are….our parents.