In the last 5-10 years I find that I’ve become – what I like to call – and idea girl. Every day ideas pop into my head: crafts, web sites, home decor projects, book plots..things I want to make, write and do. Sometimes, if it’s something easy, I’ll pursue the ideas. Other times, if it’s not so easy, and also not that awesome, they’ll just fizzle out in my mind. And other times they’re not easy, but still very awesome, and I spend a lot of time thinking about them. Contemplating how I’d see them through if I had what I needed: time, money, skill.
Whatever the case, I very rarely execute the ideas. Sometimes because I don’t have the necessary resources: time, money or skill. Most of the time because another idea comes along (Something SHINY!) and I lose interest and/or focus. So, unless the idea can be executed in a short amount of time with few resources, it never sees the light of day.
I think that’s why cooking has been such a focus of my life, because those ideas can be executed in less than a day with a quick trip to the grocery store.
Sometimes I am irritated about this trait, because when I think about all of the un-executed ideas, I equate that to a level of failure. But – of course – when 15 ideas pop into your head a day, you are going to see more fail than succeed. It’s the downside of being an idea girl. You can’t see them all through. Of course, I don’t see hardly any of them through because they all require that one precious resource I never have enough of: TIME.
But I wonder, if I had more time, would I see them through? Or would I still have so many pop into my head that I would lose focus and never finish one before moving to another. (SHINY!) I guess I’m glad I don’t have the resources because I do get distracted so easily, and I surely would have a pile of unfinished crafts, half-written books and and domain names with no content pages behind them. (SHINY!)
What about you? Do you deal with the constant barrage of ideas with no time, money or skills to see them through? Or do you have that stuff and can see them through? Or does it even matter because you get so distracted by the next shiny idea that you couldn’t see it through even if you wanted to?
Update from 2021: 2010 Kim should have gotten evaluated for ADHD so Kim of 2021 could quite thinking about it.