I Built A Desk Today

Okay, it wasn’t a desk. But “I built a tech station today” doesn’t have the same ring to it. And I figure more people know what a desk is than what a tech station is. A tech station is nearly the same as a desk, only not quite as wide and with nowhere to sit. But, it suits my purpose.

I’ve needed a desk for my new office, but it hasn’t been in the budget for us.  With recent Black Friday sales and holiday money from family, I was able to pick up the tech station this week (new bookshelves next!). Of course, it came in a box, and required assembly.

I put it together tonight. It took me four hours, and my back is going to be angry with me tomorrow, but it’s done. It isn’t perfect. There are a couple of gaps that I don’t think are supposed to be there, but for the most part everything fits together and all the drawers work like they’re supposed to. I’m quite proud of it.

There are a couple of reasons I wanted to be the one to build it, instead of just letting my husband do it (like he wanted to). One reason is about ownership. I picked out the tech station. I bought it and brought it home. Putting it together was the final piece, something intimate in this project that was all my own.

The other reason is simply that I’ve never built something of this magnitude before. I’ve assembled smaller items, but nothing this big or complex. I wanted to challenge myself. To prove I could do it. To do something different and new. To stress my brain in ways it isn’t normally stressed.

I’m a big proponent of exercising the brain. Stressing it in new and different ways helps it to grow. Numerous studies show that learning new skills improves brain health, namely, memory (see these articles from Association for Psychological Science and NPR). Now, I’m not concerned right now about my memory, but I do have a vested interest in keeping my brain healthy.

Not only that, I enjoy learning new and different things. I like the way it makes me feel, and believe that it helps me to grow as a person. Learning new skills will only benefit me. My mind is exhausted, and I feel good about myself. I consider that a win.

Talk to me in the comments. What do you do to keep your mind sharp?

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