Meandering Brain Syndrome Or This-is-what-happens-when-I-have-too-much-time-to-think
When I was starting out 10 years ago I was told by a local longarmer that I would “never be able to make any money” doing this. That “no one around here wants to pay for good quilting.” “All you will ever do is meandering and simple pantos.”
None of this turned out to be true. I will give myself partial credit for being a good business person. Taking my business seriously. Meeting my deadlines and delivering what was promised. I am not the artist that many longarmers are, but I am a good and competent quilter. (NOT fishing for compliments. I work hard to be honest with myself about my abilities.) The rest I believe, was good timing, good location and word of mouth.
And DOING THE WORK – The research. Building my skills. The paperwork. The scheduling. And all of the others stuff that is NOT QUILTING.
I think sometimes people say things that they think are true whether or not there is any evidence of it. Or things that tell themselves are true to make life more palatable. The person who told me all those things hasn’t quilted for others in many years. I don’t know if she quit because those things were true for her or if she decided those things were true because it made it more palatable for her to quit. Maybe she just figured out that quilting just wasn’t what she wanted to do and moved on.
When you hear the words “never”, “can’t”, “not possible” remember that is that particular person’s opinion based on their experience and MAYBE they’ve done all the work and everything else to succeed or maybe they just wanted to quilt (or paint or build playhouses) and let everything else take care of itself. In other words, don’t take it as a FACT take it as something to think about.
I have been told that I am “lucky” to be doing work that I love. If luck is determined by good timing and hard work then yes, I am lucky. I don’t think they are being envious or dismissive. I think they are genuinely happy for me. They don’t know (or want to know) what I had to do to get here.
And don’t think I am like this in all other parts of my life. I can rationalize with the best of ’em.
I think my point is – Listen to people who are “in the business” even the nay-sayers but remember that it MAY be a hard truth OR it may be what they tell themselves to make themselves more comfortable with their situation.
I make a living as a longarmer and I am not the brightest crayon in the box. If you want it and you really do the work so can you.
That was kind of lecture-y, huh? Here’s a pretty quilt picture to make it all better 😉