Owning a home does weird things to you. Where as six months ago, I wouldn’t have cared, today I suddenly find myself with a real opinion regarding the pros and cons of owning a deep freezer for the basement. The same with power tools. Before owning my house, before I got into building my own furniture, I had no idea what a mitre saw is. Now I’m a member and frequent borrower from my local tool library. When trawling my local Ace Hardware, I find myself stopping in the power tool aisle, contemplating each of the different drill bits or Dremel attachments. And in those moments of deep interest, a thought and feeling percolate to the surface: “Thank god I’ve developed a sincere interest in things commonly associated to general cultural ideals of accepted masculinity.”
Now, in reflection, I wonder if I should be worried that:
- I have developed an interest in things commonly associated to general cultural ideals of accepted masculinity;
- I find relief in having developed this interest.