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My umbrella with the googly eyes...

Monday, January 14, 2013

After the umpteenth time of seeing a commercial on TV for an antidepressant drug, showing a woman with an umbrella that represents her depression "hanging over her," it came to me that I -- and probably a lot of other people -- also have things "hanging over me" that keep me from moving forward and doing what I want to do. It could be baggage from past relationships, health issues, financial issues... or, in my case, unfinished projects.

In what now seems the distant past I enjoyed many types of crafts, needlework such as knitting and embroidery, leatherwork, stained glass, quilting... then life happened, I got divorced after 15 years of marriage, eventually remarried, and never did get back to any of those things. When I retired, almost 2 years ago now, I was sure that I would find my craftiness again -- bought a nice sketch pad and drawing pencils, dug out some of my old materials, browsed through craft departments, but... nothing. Whenever I would start thinking of beginning a project, all I could think of were the quilt and afghan stored away in my cedar chest, both 9/10 finished, and I would be unable to move forward with anything new.

Having gotten to what I believe is the root of the problem, I have now resolved to do the obvious thing (obvious to anyone but me, until just now, I assume...) and just complete those 2 projects, even though I'm no longer as enthusiastic about them as I once was, and then start something else that DOES speak to me. LOL, the quilt has been languishing for so long that my entire color scheme has changed, but I'm sure I can find someone to give it to...

If you have something hanging over you, figure out what will let you move on -- life is much too short to be held down by the past!

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