|January 12, 2015||Posted by Melinda under Equine Endurance, Most Popular|
Sometime in high school (I think) I started working on a cross-stitch project.
Half finished, even though there was some concentrated, big (sporadic) pushes over the years.
With national boards behind me and more downtime on my hands I’ve been pulling out old half-finished projects and giving them another go. Having made a zillion baby socks for Funder, I was bored of knitting and I settled into my recliner determined to get some significant progress done on this thing
Twenty stitches later I had an epiphany.
I got exactly zero enjoyment working on this project with the blah greys and browns. It was tedious. I had been gritting my teeth for 15 years trying to get this project done. The juxtaposition against the recent countless, satisfying hours of knitting was striking.
My first instinct was to grit my teeth and just do it.
After all, I finish what I start.
Or, at least I used to.
I’ve changed in the fifteen years since I started this. I don’t always finish what I don’t enjoy. Sometimes I quit. Sometimes I ignore all the work/time/money that has gone into something and cut my losses and say adious.
“Fine”, the little voice in my brain said “put it away and maybe later you will be in the right mood….”
I squashed that little voice with the biggest hammer I could find and made a decision.
Life is too short. The cross-stitch had to go.
Should I use it as target practice?
The more mature side of me (yes, I have one occasionally) offered it to my artsy-crafty sister in case she wanted to try her hand at it.
Giving up on an unfinished project is hard, whether it’s a horse or a cross-stitch project.
When do you call it quits? When do you work through it because it makes you a better, more humble person? When is it YOU and not the horse?
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