I never finish

A project. I never finish a project. I bet you all thought I meant orgasm. You can think it. The title was clickbait. I hope it worked. Don’t you worry your pretty little heads; I am very satisfied, sexually. Onto the projects.

I can half play about eight instruments; I can kinda use about five different specialist computer softwares; I have qualifications in random, completely non-related disciplines; I have one big ball (now now…) of very nice grey wool that once had a destiny of becoming a crocheted blanket; about four half read books (yes I fold over the corners and always write in the margins); one box of paint pens, un-used aside from the underside of one wine glass (pintrest, your fault); a tin of very expensive chalk paint, along with two packets of sanding paper, dust sheets and six paint brushes and a commitment to running any distance farther than 6k that is about as loyal as my commitment to dieting and flossing. I think that’s all. I even got Mr K to proof this paragraph in case I missed anything; he was proudly anxious that this might be the day I decide to restart everything.

I just don’t have any patience. I am the most impatient person I know. I can’t even wait for toast to toast; seriously, I will pop the toaster about four times before letting it do it’s sole purpose and toast my toast. (Side note: should it be toast my bread? Possibly).

Pasta is stressful. So are baths. You turn your back for one minute and there’s water everywhere. Kettles are pretty much my arch enemy. Why do things take so fucking long? Don’t even get me started on self service machines in supermarkets. IF YOU TELL ME TO REMOVE THE LAST ITEM FROM MY BASKET ONE MORE TIME.

I have so many grand ideas. Really, you should hear inside this redhead; it’s bloody wonderful. I’m going to cure inequality; climate change; the problem with self service machines; digitally inept companies; Britains urge to queue; cash machines asking if you want a receipt when you clearly selected cash no receipt.

Many of these (none of the above) come to fruition. I plough time, money and my poor friends attention spans into each and every one; buying the tools, learning the knowledge and making the connections that I need to. But I really don’t like being bad at things. It makes me so sad. I bought a 300 quid banjo and upon my first try realised it was going to be really hard. I picked it up two more times, then sold it on a Facebook buy, swap and sell group.

I don’t think I’m a bad loser. I just don’t like being bad at something. Learning to drive was fucking torture. My angel of a driving instructor had the patience of a saint; I told him the wrong date for my final test. He didn’t even swear at me when we turned up on the wrong day, at the wrong time, after he had cancelled three other pupils to hold my test…

My brother is the same. We’re not good at being ok. Ok; mediocre; average; moderate; regular. We were brought up by parents who thought we walked on water (I’m scared to tell them that might not be quite accurate) and by golly we believe it too. Anything less than perfect and it’s not good enough. Millennial they say; my feelings about the whole millennial movement and it’s angels could fill the pages of a book, so let’s not. My motto? If you’re not instantly good at something, move on. (It’s so shit, I know. It’s how I justify my flakey ass behaviour).

Ask my how my crochet blanket is going. I dare you.

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I never finish

Where to now?

I listened to a very interesting podcast this morning on my way to work. It’s called Beautiful Anonymous.
It’s an American podcast in which the host invites a caller each week to call in and talk about anything they wish for an hour; no names or personal identifiers are given. That’s the beauty of it. These anonymous callers are free to talk to the host, Chris Gethard, about their topic of choice, and quite literally just chat about it. It’s bloody lovely. And the host’s voice is pretty incredible; he’s also very inters testing to listen to.

This week, Chris talked to a chap who was torn between leaving his well paid, secure job in Tech to buy a local record store and sell vinyl records; a passion of his.

It got me thinking. What would I do if money was no object? If I didn’t need money, or want money to fund a lifestyle. I have no idea. There are lots of jobs that I think would be cool, or would allow me to meet interesting people, but what job would I actually enjoy?

Who out there has a job that they can wholehearted say they love and they want to spend the rest of their lives committed to? You are very lucky. And I’m very jealous. I love my job; but do I want to be a recruiter my whole life? Nada. I pump my mind full of podcasts, books and YouTube videos all about entrepreneurism, voyaging out on your own, doing a job you love and living the most content life you can. They rarely leave me feeling positive. Instead, they make me question what I’m doing, where I’m going, and what I should, or shouldn’t be doing to be happy. [Disclaimer – I’m not unhappy in relationships just pondering the question in regards to careers…] 

Is it too much to want the perfect job? Does it set unrealistic expectations? I’m not sure. I will always strive to be better, to want more, to do more; it makes me slightly hard to manage. I’m constantly training or completing educational courses in my own time to make my toolbox fatter; to what end? I have extremely high expectations of myself, I’m constantly disappointed by my efforts and continually looking for more in all aspects of my life.

I’m going to start keeping a note in my telephone of ideas, opinions, comments, epiphany’s that come to me about my future and where I want to be. Maybe once I identify that, I can start looking for the brick wall I need to climb over to get there.

 I am so excited to find my ‘thing’. I just hope it doesn’t take too long.

 What do you do? How do you manage your expectations and your impatience for what’s to come?

Where to now?