The chief cause of problems is solutions. – Eric Sevareid
Recently we decided it was time to upgrade Trevor’s bed. To increase space for his drum set and other things, we found a Metal Twin Loft Bed Over Workstation from Walmart’s online store that seemed perfect. Although I knew assembly would be required when it arrived, I always seem to underestimate just how much life energy gets sucked into these projects (flashback to a Weber Grill). Sure enou
gh getting it all together took hours, not to mention all the frustration with instructions that were likely written by someone just learning English, and pictures drawn by a child. Would it be so hard for companies even in China to hire someone who could create clear instructions?
Once built we knew we had solved the space problem! Having the desk under the bed provided the needed room for his drum set. Unfortunately, the structure was not quite as solid as we had hoped. So when Trevor climbed the ladder into bed, items on his desk moved around, including some Legos that crashed to the floor. Thus while we solved one problem, another one emerged that ultimately required returning the bed.
I would hate to add up all the life energy I have spent doing things that I thought would lead to some positive outcome, but instead result in a lot of wasted time and energy. Perhaps one life lesson is learning how to foresee such things and avoid them at all costs.