I have a problem with completing things.
This past month I took up knitting again. I found in my old knitting box at my parents’ house a mitten that I had started nearly 20 years ago.
Recently, I found a folder of writings I started as a child that spanned the course of a decade or so, as best I can figure out. I counted 40 story beginnings. Most only had 1-2 pages, some up to 5, and a few up to 20. A lot of them started with “Chapter 1:…”. Some of them sounded super interesting and I wish I knew where I was going with them… but, in all likelihood, knowing me, I probably wasn’t going anywhere with them! I used to get super excited about an idea and then forget about it the next day. And, reading them over, I can see where I had clearly been reading or watching certain things such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland, or Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. (I seem to have been quite the little plagiarizer, I’m afraid!)
And now, looking over my websites and blogs, I’m reminded that it’s been over three years since I set out to improve and release How Fred Became a Frog (the one book I managed to complete writing as a child!), and the same for the book I started in 2006.
I am very, very good at starting things! I am a fountain of creative ideas! I am terrible, it seems, at completing them. And so this year, I chose a word for the year: Completion. (I don’t usually get into choosing a word for the year, but it seemed appropriate this time.) I decided that this will be the year I complete all those unfinished projects – as many as I can. All the projects holding energy and reminding me every time I look at them that they’re not done yet. I’m going to complete that mitten and those books!
Completing things feels great. What are you going to complete this year? What’s your word for the year?
Have a beautiful day!