Finish what you start

Photography by Victor Hernandez

Photography by Victor Hernandez

Our family is big on projects. It’s not enough that you have a full-time job, take care of your family, and handle the daily chores of life. You also have to have projects.

As a child, I had a hard time finishing anything. I would get excited about a project but somewhere in the middle, I would give up. It might have been because I didn’t like to take things slowly. I wanted to do something big. I set out with high hopes but ended up a quitter.

I can’t remember the first project I actually completed. It might have been the cardigan with very long sleeves. But whatever it was, the feeling of elation, of actually completing a project, had me hooked. 

Now I'm a completer. You can’t stop me. No matter how ambitious the project, no matter how hard it is, or how long it will take me, I will finish what I start.

I have several projects right now. I’m writing one novel and rewriting another. Earlier this year I launched my website and started writing a weekly blog. I’m also repainting the interior of our house. Since that didn’t seem like enough projects, I added a new one recently. I’m going to turn the leftover yarn, from years of other projects, into little toys to give to charity.

So if I haven’t seen the video that’s gone viral this week, the latest episode on that show everyone is watching, or heard what Donald Trump said today, it’s not that I’m not paying attention - I have projects to do, and there's no question I will finish what I started.