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Starting is easy, finishing is hard.

tabs1 I like to call myself a maker. I love getting my hands dirty and bringing something into the world that wasn’t here before. It’s not about saving money or doing something better than someone else. It’s about solving my own problems and making things for myself. For the fun of it. But sometimes, it sucks.

I’ve started dipping my toes in into the maker space the last few years. I’ve been doing Nerf mods, painting toy guns for my nephew, dabbling in leather work, wood work and making my own journals and so on. Most of the time it’s a blast. I love learning something new.

Recently I was putting together a binder for notes about a story I’m working on. One that I hope will become my first book if it’s good enough. I had ordered some divider tabs on Amazon but they wouldn’t be in for a few days and If I got the bug to make some out of colored card stock. Should be simple, but I had never done it before. It was harder than I thought it would be.

I got out my paper cutter, metal ruler, box cutter and the other gear I’d need and went to work. I quickly realized I had no clue how to even start. It didn’t take me long to figure out how to measure out some tabs and get to the cutting part. I lined everything up and cut the first one and it wasn’t perfect. In fact, I hated it. I chucked it out immediately. I already wanted to quit. The ones I ordered were $3 and would be here in a couple of days. Why was I even doing this? It was the same with my leather work. Man those first cuts were terrible! Why do I keep doing this to myself?

Still, I stuck with it. The second cut was better. The next one even more so. I could tell I was improving already. Every cut was an improvement over the last. I wanted to start over and do better ones as soon as I finished. I knew I wouldn’t be using these for long, just until the ones I ordered came in. But these would do to help me get started on my book now.

I was glad I stuck with it. I know I’m not going to become a professional divider maker. That’s not the point. All skills get better with practice and they carry over to the next thing. More importantly I realized that quitting is easy and finishing is hard. Like anything else you should practice finishing. It gets easier every time you do it.

About Chrispian

My name is Chrispian and I like to make things. I’m a web developer and have been working in the computer / internet field for almost 22 years now. I also draw, write, take pictures and love figuring stuff out.

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