Just get started.

This past Saturday, I was out vending at my first craft show since January. I had been resigned to having zero shows this year, so it was a welcome change of pace. I won’t say I didn’t have a tinge of anxiety about it. We are still in a pandemic, after all. But the vast majority of people that came through were masked-up, and did a great job of maintaining social distancing. Even through the masks, I was able to have some good conversations with the folks that stopped by.

While her friend was debating which laser cut pencil cup to acquire, an older gal asked me how I got started doing all this. I won’t get too into those details right now, as it is outside the scope of this particular post. But, I started woodworking because there was a thing I wanted to build, so I decided to build it. That thing was a 4-foot by 8-foot gaming table.

It would have been very easy to say “NOPE! Can’t build that.” I don’t recall even thinking that I should try to build a smaller, less complicated, thing first. We needed a larger table for our D&D group, so I wanted to build one. I borrowed my grandpa’s circular saw, and just got started.

When I’m not in the shop, it’s not uncommon for me to be here, sitting and working at my computer. Or sitting on the couch (especially now that football is back). So when Ben from Make for Life Workshop offered up to have myself and some other makers join him in taking on a couch to 5k program this fall, I succumbed to the peer pressure, and joined in. This was a great excuse to start doing more exercise, something I knew I should put more effort into.

This past Tuesday, I went out and completed day 1 of that training. My brother and my dad joined me. While there was an official “start date” for this community challenge, in the end, we just had to get started.

It’s easy to find excuses to not do something. That’s especially true when you’re trying to avoid something new, or deviating from your norms. And I’m fully aware that I’m not the first to say this, but getting started is all it takes. I had no idea what I was doing when I started building that table. I’m in no shape to run a 5k now. But I wouldn’t be building the things I make nowadays if I hadn’t just gotten started. And I damn sure wouldn’t be running a 5k EVER if I didn’t get off the couch and take these first steps.

So now I issue a challenge to you! You can comment on this post if you scroll down some more. Let me know, what is something you’ve been wanting to do? What is the first step you need to take? I will happily help however I’m able! The important thing is that you just get started.

-Justin

p.s. Bonus internet points if you know how the theme of this post relates to headline image 🙂 

4 thoughts on “Just get started.

  1. I think the bonus is that it’s the mighty Mississippi River getting started! Great reminder man and I TOTALLY missed the start date for the community challenge, but in fairness I had started about 2 weeks prior and then have hit a week stretch where life has gotten a bit crazy on me. But good for you starting and keep at it!

    1. You nailed it! Haha, I assumed if someone got it, it’d be a fellow Minnesotan. And yeah, we’re going out to do “day 2” of the program tonight, looking forward to it!

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