Occasionally I take on a craft project only to find that I hate it. Then I am faced with the dilemma, “Do I admit defeat and quit? Or do I stick with it and force myself to complete a project that I dread?” Finally I had to come to terms with my shame over quitting and let myself off the hook.
Not finishing a project doesn’t always have to be negative. I’m enthusiastic about life and I want to try new things. It just turns out that the new thing isn’t always my cup of tea. Sometimes a new project can look or sound more exciting than it really is. Some projects turn out to be mundane and boring. Take quilting for instance. I decided after seeing a pattern for a beautiful crochet quilt that I would love to try it. The finished product would look perfect draped over my couch. I could have the satisfaction of telling everyone that I made it myself. The only problem was, it consisted of hundreds of small squares sewn together. I found out after crocheting 15 replicas of the same square that I lost interest. It was tedious. I quit.
Another project that I tried was making homemade greeting cards. It turned out to be more difficult and expensive than I thought. It seems someone has come up with every contraption possible to make cuts and shapes in paper. Apparently, trying to get pieces of papers and corners matched up, getting a stamp to work without smearing and not making a mess out of the glue are better suited for a fifth grader.
Last but not least was my little foray into Sewing. I would peruse the patterns at the store, pick out the perfect material, buy matching thread, and then never start the project. I ended up collecting fabric. I had quite an extensive selection. I made one outfit. It took a while but I finally admitted defeat. The idea was way better than actually buckling down and working on the project.
The lesson that I learned from these failed projects is that, hey, you don’t always finish what you start. Sometimes you have to try something to know if you’ll like it or are even good at it, and sometimes it’s ok to admit failure and move on. The most important thing is to have that enthusiasm to try new things. Most people find their niche after a few failed projects. For some good ideas, try asking your friends what their hobbies are. It is sometimes much more enjoyable to share a hobby with a friend than to do it alone. You can inspire one another and get advice that really works. So don’t give up! Somewhere out there is a project that you will be good at. It will hold your interest for years to come and bring you joy.