So, on the interwebs, there is this term "on brand" being revived and applied. I think it's originally got something to do with advertising strategies, but I've seen it recently be used as a personal characteristic. In this particular instance, the question posed was, "What is the most on brand thing about you that's been consistent since childhood?"
I didn't think I would think of anything about myself that was endearing. (I chose to go positive rather than negative.) Surprisingly, it didn't take me long to think of something.
I've always been a D.I.Y. person. The first thing I thought of was rollerskating. Somehow, I owned a pair of roller skates-quads. This was the early 80's. It was quite a popular past time. Well, I had some. And they were new. No hand me downs this time!
I didn't know how to skate. At the time, my bedroom had old wood floors. I had a circumference of maybe 3 ft. I would walk-skate from our bunk beds to the dresser, then turn around and go back. I would do this many times. Then, when I got to the point of not stumbling and crash-landing, I progressed to the kitchen which had a linoleum floor. It was also a small area, maybe a 2x6 ft. area. I learned to turn in that small space. It probably was the best way for me to learn.
I learned how to ride a bike that way, too. I got a bike for Christmas one year. Dad had put it together. I remember it was cold. My parents weren't outdoor enthusiasts. I guess they cleared a space in the garage for me because it was usually cluttered in there. I went out to the garage with the door closed, day and night. I would scoot myself with one foot as I tried to keep the other on the pedal. I went round and round in a small oval space until I was able to pedal with both feet. I did it! I still love riding bikes over 30 years later!
This is probably why I have no issue letting my son use wheels in the house. The floors are pretty sturdy to begin with though.
I've DIY'ed many times since then: my wedding, my research as to what my miscarriages may have been attributed to, home decor, crafts, decorating cakes, cooking, child rearing, homeschool, the use of natural elements to keep my family healthy, and many other things.
I'm not afraid to admit when I need professional help. That's also important to remember. Before my miscarriages, I thought I'd try to go a for a water birth. When I carried my child to full term, I figured it was best to go with a hospital environment in case anything went wrong.
My hubs has been dragged into my D.I.Y. ways. He actually loves doing things himself both as a hobby and for budget reasons. Thanks to many sources on the internet, he now makes wine, craft beer and does home projects around the house.
It's quite a sense of satisfaction to know that you've done something with your own hands. We hope to pass this on to our children as I do believe it was passed on to me by my parents.