If At First You Don’t Succeed, Give Up
No, wait. That’s the wrong lesson. Isn’t it?
I read somewhere about a study that tracked the behavior of people who were given an impossible task. A certain group of these people were found to be happier, more successful, and generally more savvy than the rest. I know what you’re thinking, but you are wrong. Those were the people who GAVE UP FIRST.
Now remember, these folks were given an impossible task. Impossible, not merely difficult or requiring more effort. It seems likely that the root of their success lies in realizing quickly when something is, in fact, impossible.
I do not have this attribute.
This is how far I’ve gotten on my second pair of jeans:
At some point, I probably should have wised up, but when? When I realized the front rise was ridiculously low? When I had to use a white zipper because I was out of navy? When the instructions for the front fly were so bad, I had to improvise? When I had to take out the crotch and side seams and reduce them to 3/8″? When I then had to take in the sides and waistband to make it fit my waist? When I had to unpick the waistband to cinch it smaller? I mean, at some point, I should probably have given up and had a mojito.
Oh, I’ll finish the pants. I’ll even (gulp) model them. But I don’t think they’ll become my favorite pair or anything. I could be wrong about this too.
I would deal with these things a lot better if my inner voice didn’t sound like this:
Yep, my inner voice is a floral and carefully crafted beeyotch. Explains a lot, doesn’t it?