Connection

If you are the least bit inquisitive, you always want to know more about the world around you. I'm not just talking about reading the paper every day, or checking your favorite news sites online. I'm talking about getting to the heart of basic things.

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You might get into cooking or baking because you like the idea of creating food for yourself and your family. Through your journey, you'll learn that food doesn't just come from the supermarket or as take-out from restaurants. There's something satisfying in that, which is partially about control, but also about something deeper.

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You might get into gardening because it is meditative and helps to relieve stress, but you also have a basic interest in plant biology. You might even get into it in the hopes of improving your photography skills with constant verdant subjects.

Or maybe you start to get into mechanical DIY by deciding that you want to do your own oil change. On many cars, it's not that difficult with a few tools and an oil drain pan. Of course, you'll need to figure out what weight of oil you need, as well as obtain the proper filter and have something to drain the used oil into so that you can dispose of it properly (it can't just go down the drain). That can lead to doing other mechanical stuff on any other vehicles in your life, including motorcycles.

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All these things help you feel connected to the world around you. They may seem small, but they affect your everyday life in profound ways. In cooking, maybe your family likes to gather around you. Even if you don't like them in the kitchen while you're cooking, it's unmistakably satisfying to watch people you care about enjoy something that you've created. Changing your own oil isn't just about saving money; it's about developing greater understanding of this mechanical conveyance that takes you and your family everywhere you need to go. This is a kind of satisfaction that you just can't quantify.

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