Two weeks ago I replaced the Valve Cover Gasket and Spark Plug Seals on my '96 Honda Accord. I checked the spark plugs and saw that they had a good amount of oil on them. It was clear the Seals needed to be replaced, but also it was obvious that the Valve Cover Gasket needed to be replaced because you could see it wasn't sealing properly anymore.
It was a simple job that only took a little over 1 hour & 30 minutes with basic hand tools. After I had finished, I drove my car to make sure everything was working well. I had an immense feeling of pride on that drive and after I had done it. I was reminded of the reason I love fixing cars and other things. Sure, you save money when you Do-It-Yourself, although that is not why I love fixing cars. The pride came from the fact that I had taken something that needed to be fixed and I made it right again. I had done it! Not anyone else! I was able to fix my own car. It felt like I had conquered a mountain or crossed an ocean. I had accomplished something that most people haven't done or will do. That's what made it so special to me!