Someone commented on my new “blogging” venture lately, “Oh, another thing to add to the list of things you haven’t finished”. I found it to be an interesting comment, not only because she knows me so well, but because it made me think. It was interesting that it didn’t bother me – that I had no intention of “finishing” (what does that mean?) this little jam session. I might carry it on for another week, or maybe a year. Who knows? Does it matter?
“My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished 2 bags of M&M’s and a chocolate cake. I feel better already.” Dave Barry quote
I have started many, many projects from as far back as I can remember. What can I say – I was born with a brain full of ideas and thoughts and a heart for adventures and occasions. What I was NOT born with, however, is focus, energy (I’ve also been tired for as far back as I can remember…) or stick-to-it-ness.
“To finish a work? To finish a picture? What nonsense! To finish it means to be through with it, to kill it, to rid it of its soul, to give it its final blow the coup de grace for the painter as well as for the picture.” Pablo Picasso quote
My architectural degree – left it 5 courses short to have Kid #3. It will not get finished (I did, however finish my diploma – that must count for something!). My art degree – left it in second year to get married. I might do more courses one day, because I loved doing them, but I’d go back with no specific intention to “finish” by doing a bunch of classes that don’t interest me. Why waste my time doing anything I don’t enjoy unless I have a specific goal in mind?
“If I’d had some set idea of a finish line, don’t you think I would have crossed it years ago?” Bill Gates quote
I have a stack of things not yet done – a few books, that screenplay, my scrapbooks are not up to date, more chef’s training, french classes, photography practice, sustainable building research, my business website, other housing research – you name it, I’ve probably started it. Although sometimes I look at all those unfinished projects with a slight tinge of failure, for the most part I’m at peace with my day. And I’m happy to have gone out and tried.
“There are two kinds of people, those who finish what they start and so on” Robert Byrne quotes
I have no set idea of a finish line of any kind in my life. I think of all the things I would have missed if I had been completely focused on ONE thing, if I hadn’t been so scatter brained, and SOMETIMES I’m glad to have no focus. I had a mentor once who informed us at his first lecture that he “LIVED architecture. Ate, slept, breathed architecture”. After a moment of intrigue at seeing someone so focused, I just felt sorry for him, and thought of all the other joys in life he was missing. (Not to mention my belief that in order to understand sheltering people, you need to get out and understand as many people as possible, but I digress…).
“Nice guys finish last, but we get to sleep in.” Evan Davis quotes
If any of those unfinished projects are really that important, I’ll get back to them when the time is right. For now, this is today, and tomorrow might bring by something totally new and interesting. And I’d hate to pass up anything interesting!