My dad used to tell me that when I was a toddler, he’d be talking to me and I’d be looking at him – apparently listening – but the whole time, my hand would be reaching up onto the counter and grabbing whatever I could find. “Your hands, always moving. You always had to push every button to see what it did.”
Fast forward many a year, and I still feel that way: a mix of curiosity and just plain ol’ fashioned Short Attention Span. I love a good goal, a project, something to keep me motivated. But my interests go in so many directions, or I’ll hear one of my friends mention a new hobby they have and immediately I want to join in the fun!
Obviously, there’s good and bad to this. On the bad side, I’m the one that will decide “I’m gonna be a RUNNER” and then half-train, hurt my foot, stop training, do the 5K anyway and basically tell the people running (and I use the term “running” loosely…), “you just go on ahead, I’ll catch up later, I mean, do we have to race?”
Or I’ll decide to go on a strict eating plan and last for about a week. Uh, duh, Husband, of course chocolate chip cookies are On the Plan, those cavewoman? Very talented to be able to make these over a fire.
As I’m older, I have learned how to be disciplined when I really need or want to be – but it’s an effort.
The good side as a SAS person is that I’m totally the one to ask to plan a party, “Balloons! Cake! Confetti! Music! Unicorns…. wait, I know! A rainbow OVER the unicorn! Too much?”
I’m enthusiastic and a good motivator. You should hear the game day speeches I give my children. There’s a pretty epic Game Day Speech about Getting in the Car NOW. Then there’s Game Day Speech #45 How To Be Kind To Others: subtitle: Please Stop Hitting Her With the Dinosaur (transcripts available).
And that’s one thing I’d like to tackle on this blog – first, allowing myself to chase interests a bit… those are times I’ll share with you what I’ve tried lately, what worked and what didn’t.
But I’d also like to set up goals and follow through on them on the blog, too. I mean, I – SAS (Short Attention Span) Me – have had lists on this blog I’ve been trying to accomplish for years… that’s a bit of dedication right there, no?
Anyway, here’s where you come in:
– Are you a focused person? Or Short Attention Span?
-What are you interested in that I could join you for a try at it, just once or twice, you show me the basics and I learn something, we do a blog post about it, and then I get to move on and never have to be a bicycle repair-er-er again in my life? Any ideas? Feel free to tell me what you’re good at, and what you’re interested in!