Once a week we pose a single question to bloggers, travelers and the like and feature their responses with you!
Today we bring you the final responses for this weeks question. We’ve received great feedback from bloggers and readers alike so if you haven’t read the other posts check out Part 1 and Part 2. We’d love to hear your responses as well!
This was a really hard question for me to nail down… there were many directions I could have gone with this one. So what is my biggest setback? in a word, inaction. I tend to dream to big or I seem to get distracted from my goals and get stuck on tangents. I find new things to become passionate about and slowly start accumulating all of these half done projects. One of the hardest things I’ve had to learn to do is pace myself and make sure I don’t bite off more than I can chew. A prime example of this for anyone who has been reading the blog for awhile is my helmet project, this thing has been going for over three years now. It’s almost to the point that I am ashamed to talk about it because people think I’m never going to finish. However despite the setbacks in fabricating custom parts to build these things I’ve learned several new skills like making mold bucks out of foam! Next I will be teaching myself to vacuum form with a home built machine!
Honestly after many heartfelt talks with my two co-writers the biggest thing I’ve had to overcome is myself. What always seemed to happen with me is I get infatuated with the idea of something rather than actually taking steps to do it. It’s easy to dream, to sit at home where it’s safe and comfortable reading books and gaining knowledge about all the things you would love to do one day. That’s what I used to do a lot of. I had to learn that sometimes the hardest step in doing anything is just getting started. It’s one thing to tell everyone you would love to do something, to write it on a list and stare at it thinking to yourself “…one day…” It’s only when I started taking steps to do something about it, that something started feeling different. When you’re actively working on something rather than passively dreaming about it is when you truly feel alive. That’s the lesson I had to learn. I talked big, dreamed bigger and rarely, if ever, did anything about it. I have to admit, I still live in constant danger of getting stuck in routine, it’s so easy to do! Wake up, work, home, TV, sleep… people find security in things that are familiar and reliable. Every day I remember that there’s more to life than the familiar, and that’s what keeps me going. There’s so much more out there that I want to be able to do, and many things I have yet to cross off my life’s list… I look forward to each and every one, and the continuing journey to get to them.
That does it for this weeks question but please share your experiences too! We’d love to hear from them, plus we may even feature you in an upcoming Quick Interview Question!