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I can't do it!

Well ****ing learn how then.

None of us are born with the ability to reverse a car, check the air in our tyres, wire a plug, ride a bike, or save a file to a memory stick. We learn how to do these things. The reason most people learn how to do these simple things is because, rather than saying "I can't do it. I don't know anything about cars./I'm not an electrician/I'm not Chris Hoy/ I'm not very computer literate", we find out how to do it. Most of us thrive on challenges and learning new things. It makes life more interesting and means we invent things, and put a man on the moon, and cure diseases.

If you are too lazy and feckless to learn a new task and want other people to do it for you, I would rather you said that rather than whining that you can't do it. You would at least then be honest. Better still, just stay in bed out of the way of the people who are out and about getting **** done.

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I don't understand are you suggesting we become electricians, plumbers builders etc
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Over the years I have learned to do stuff.

In my 20s I bought my first house. It was a wreck and I had no money but I learned how to rewire, plumb, replaster, deal with drains, tackle dry rot, retile the roof, build walls, tank a cellar etc.etc.

Over the years I saved quite a bit of money. It was the same with cars - I managed to rebuild a SAAB 2.0 engine, outside, under plastic sheeting, in winter armed only with knowledge gained watching my dad rebuild the engine from a 1948 Standard 10 when I was 9 years old and a workshop manual.

Now in my 60s when such stuff goes wrong I am happy to look dumb say "I don't know how to do it" and pay someone else to do so.

40 years of "doing it" is quite enough and whilst I am not rich in reality I am in comparison to my youth so am happy to sit back and watch others do stuff.
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I have mixed feelings on this one. My sentiments are generally with the OP but I'm just getting too old for some stuff!

I've just rescued the bodywork on my wife's Mercedes and refurbished two of her alloy wheels. Most of this involved doing new stuff and learning as I go (about machine polishing, wet-sanding, painting with two pack), all of which was interesting and a challenge but my back is still giving me grief ten days later and, oh, my knees!

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I'm not talking about rewiring your house or performing open heart surgery here. I'm talking about simple everyday tasks that the majority of people get shown how to do once and remember.
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So much satisfaction in saying " i can do it" !

i decided to show my son how to change a wheel on his car, yes he struggled but after a couple of tries it fell into place so to speak !
Had to watch as he doesn't quite possess much perseverance but yes, he soon got the hang of it, then tested his new skill by getting a puncture at work 2 months later..
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I think it is more a case of “I don’t want to do it.....YOU do it for me”

There has to be a will/desire/interest in learning how to overcome a challenge or learn a new skill. A lot of people these days seem to prefer to foist stuff onto other, more willing, folk......

My comments do not include people who have bothered to learn, overcome and suceed in their youger days and now have earned the right to ‘Get a Man In” .

Apologies......get a Non-Binary Being in........
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