I often joke that regret is one of the four pillars of my life, but I don’t really dwell much on past decisions once I’m over the ‘angry at myself’ period. I do regret not spending more time in my 20’s being more hands on with stuff, decorating, DIY, repairs, etc. It’s a confidence thing mostly, but it prevents me doing even small jobs around the house, and as a result, the house slowly rots.
One of the things they don’t teach you at school is how to find reliable craftsmen. We paid a guy last year to repair some rotten wood, he did 2/3rds of the job and never came back (used the weather as an excuse, but then just stopped responding to us). Turns out, he only did 1/3rd of the job and I’ve been repairing the mess he left for the past two weeks (good weather, so taking my time sealing up the hole with multiple layers which I’m allowing to dry in-between).
So we’ll once again be on the lookup for a ‘handyman’ who can do lots of little jobs, because there’s loads of stuff which needs fixing once the Covid19 shit is over, and unless we win the lottery we can’t afford to get the whole house done in one go. Typical example of Samuel Vimes’ ‘Boots’ Theory of Socioeconomic Unfairness.