I finally did it. Actually, I finally did a couple things. I have been trying to do things that I haven’t in the past. This has mostly been in regards to drawings or paintings but it has applied to other areas in my life too. This last week I accomplished two things that I hadn’t done because I was intimidated by them.
First off, I built a frame. I’ve had a painting hanging in our house for a few years now. It was the first painting I finished after we moved in. Now it has been quite a few years and our other decorations and furniture have been replaced with nicer decorations and furniture but it is still hanging without a frame. For the last few years my wife has been subtly hinting that it needs a frame but I was intimidated. I learned how to build frames in college but the guy who ran the shop was a little too hands on. If you asked for help or advice he would take over your project and do it for you. I did not like his approach because I wanted to hone these skills while I had someone to help. I have been slowly building up the courage, yes I wrote courage, for the last couple months. I bought the wood, then the stain, and some corner clamps. I bought different grades of sandpaper and finally glue. I didn’t really have any further excuse so I finally just made it. I took off work a little early on Friday and made it. It turned out just fine. There were some minor issues with the varnishing, which was frustrating, but all-in-all it turned out really well for my first attempt.
The second thing…
I did the brakes on my car. You read that right, I did the brakes on my car. I was fairly confident I could do it but I was afraid I would screw something up. I do alot mechanical stuff at work, and I’m kinda good at it, but I always have a safety net. If I cannot fix something we have someone who will come in and fix it on the work’s dime. I’m always afraid I’m going to screw something up worse than if I had done nothing at all. I was slow and methodical. It took me a little over 2 hours to do the pads and rotors. I then spent the next two days smelling around the tires like I was some kind of dog. Everything turned out great! Well that’s not entirely true. My shorts were so dirty as to be unwashable. It took all weekend to get my hands clean and I still have black around the edges of my fingernails. That is a triumph though.
One more milestone occurred. I have had this site up for a year now. Technically I was doing it for a year as a blogspot for a year before that but I’ve been “legit” for a year now.