While I will never consider myself a true do-it-yourself type or person, I’ve found that I do take pride in solving problems with my own hands. I can’t fully explain it, but it feels good to accomplish small projects on your own.


My most recent project involved a fairly small upgrade to my computer. Over the weekend, I saw a good deal on solid state hard drives and decided it would be a good time to upgrade my system.


I always have considered myself something of a computer geek, but most of my expertise has been with programs rather than hardware and physical components. This would be the first time I’ve had to replace a hard drive.


And, this project would require more than simply switching out the pieces as I would need to backup my information on the new disk.


Rather than consulting my father, who has worked with computers for more than 40 years, I decided to do it myself.


I take no shame in the fact that I had to look up guides on how to do it. After all, you have to learn these things somewhere, and doing research is as good a way to learn that lesson as any other.


So the other night, I took a couple hours to do the switch and and transferred my data to the new drive. It certainly wasn’t the fastest computer repairman that has ever existed, but I still got the job done, and I felt proud of my accomplishment.


In a world where it is easy to have someone else do these kinds of services and jobs, there is a certain pride that comes from being able to do it yourself.


And, I think I understand that feeling now.


Michael Hutchins is the local government reporter for the Herald Democrat. He can be reached at mhutchins@heralddemocrat.com.