When I was young and immature (just yesterday) I used to think instructions were for the not so smart people. Why would you need instructions, you just need to look at the picture on the front of the Lego box and build it. As I got a little older it was bigger things, but I still had the same mentality – do not look at the instructions unless everything you tried failed.
Along the way at some point – not sure when – I started to slowly appreciate the instructions for what they were. They were there to affirm what you already knew and checking them validated that. Well maybe not. I am sure that it was Ikea furniture that did me in and forced me to follow each and every step from start to finish. Interesting thing about Ikea instructions is that they are all pictures and no words.
So fast forward to present day and usually the first thing I do before assembling or installing something, I will consult…wait for it… you guessed it the instructions. I’d like to think I’ve grown up a little and am more mature, but I’m sure that’s not it. Now pardon me as I need to go assemble a laundry room vanity.