We’re men. We’re manly men who know things, and we’re go-getters. We take no prisoners and we get the job done. We act like know-it-alls because, simply, we are know-it-alls. We don’t need help doing anything, and we’ve got this! These are some of the classic examples of the internal rhetoric many men – myself included – say to ourselves when faced with a problem we can’t quite solve. This sort of deceptive mind monologue is not exclusive to men only. Without mentioning any names, I know a few women who encounter the same problem and deal with it the same way.
We psyche ourselves up because, let’s face it: no one likes to admit that they can’t do something or fix something that, for all intents and purposes, superficially seems really simple. I’m not purporting that this is the right way to do anything, because frankly, I’ve caused a lot more havoc in pretense than I have by actually getting help. Where men are concerned, however, there are some things socially that we are just expected to do and know. We impose this need to succeed on ourselves a lot, too, because we don’t want to seem weak or unintelligible, but the fact remains: if you don’t know, you find out, or at least get someone who does know to do what needs to be done.
A good example of this is guys and their cars. Man, we abhor having to get help fixing things, and we’re sure that if we tinker with things long enough, we’ll have that eureka moment and sort it all out. Not always the case, is it? When it comes to car Trouble shooting, sometimes all that’s required is a little patience, some reading and research, and we actually can solve the problem. Other times, we need to call in the pros. As one guy to many, let me say there’s no shame in educating yourself or just getting a professional to do the needful deed – from cars to electronics to the household. Here is an example to help you help yourself in the most common problematic situation:
A clogged pipe – the bane of any household’s existence.
One problem on the home front that often occurs is pipe clogging. Calling in a plumber is too often considered an individual signal of defeat, so let’s try to clear this up. Before you go for the toxic chemicals, try two natural solutions: hot water and a plunger. Be it in your kitchen or in your bathroom, a clog will definitely comprise some protein or oil that contributes to the clog. Flood your pipes with boiling hot water, not only to begin melting the clog composure, but to also help the pipes expand a bit. Get out your plunger and get your biceps working! This will help dislodge your clog, and in some cases, it will bring the clog up altogether. After you loosen or dislodge the clog, you may now flood the pipe with the chemical. After it sits for the allotted time, flush it again with more boiling water. If this does not work, go brave and hire a plumber!
Men, don’t worry, OK? You’re no less of a man if you can’t fix a clogged pipe. What’s less manly is either pretending you can, when you know you can’t, or pretending the problem doesn’t exist at all…good luck!