Click to read the full Found my old diary and it turns out I was lame then, too.
“See, that’s the problem: I have no follow-through. I’ve tried a bazillion things and moved on from just about all of them. Honestly, the things that I’ve managed to stick with I’m either legally obligated to do (like paying my mortgage), need the money (like my day job), simply can’t reverse (like being a parent), or would die if I stopped (like eating and, while I have been testing this theory, bathing).”
I know more people for whom the above is true than otherwise, and I am certain it is true for everyone at some point in time. There are things that I have wanted to try where I simply lost interest and moved on to the next hobby.
The “excuse” that goes with changing hobbies a lot is impatience, but if that’s all there is to it, then that means everyone is impatient! If you find something really, really interesting, it becomes easier to stay with it, finish a task, and get good at it over time. Perhaps people who never manage to do this mistakenly call your long-time hard-earned proficiency “talent” when the truth has always been, anyone can be that good at any craft if you spend the same amount of time on it. If you think you’ve lost a lot of time marveling or otherwise thinking about how much you have yet to learn, the best time to get started is immediately.
It doesn’t matter if you take up a craft so late in life that you can’t be as good as someone who started off as a child prodigy, that’s as silly as thinking that someday you’ll out-age an older sibling and isn’t anything worth getting upset over. If you become frustrated, just spend a bit less time on it, but make a point to spend some minimum, maybe a half-hour per day, until you find some sort of breakthrough.
My decision to release music on the internet was based upon meeting (in the internet chat sense) other people who already were doing that, with the personal realization that I get more satisfaction from finishing up a piece of music than I get from performing it. Prior to than moment, I had a lot of little fragment bits of music that I didn’t like very much, and about four or five underpromoted pop songs.
My unfinished business from being school-aged includes a long list of science projects and incomplete computer programs. Do you leave a lot of things unfinished? Do you think of unfinished things as regrets or just a natural part of growing up?