I don’t follow directions well.
Let’s take cooking for example. I don’t need to watch Hell’s Kitchen because I go there every day. After all these years I have not yet cured myself of the irresistible impulse to skim a set of recipe instructions, nod my head sagely, and counsel myself, “well, let’s get started then – how hard could it be?”
Quite hard, and quite often, as it turns out, although I can’t discount the frequent opportunity for valuable key learnings such as:
• Spray non-stick cooking spray into skillet, THEN turn on gas flame
• Timers are there for a reason (also, unburned cookies taste better than burned ones)
• Steaming brussels sprouts is easier when you add water to the pot
• Before cooking, thoroughly consider ordering takeout
Yet I persist.