Friday night I signed up for a weekend class at the local college campus. A feat in and of itself considering I’d much rather spend my evenings after work in pajamas and lounging around the house. But I really wanted to learn how to make this particular qaspuk. As in reeeeaaaalllllyyyyy. Like when I get all whiny because I just have to have that particular something –whether it’s a cute purse or a great pair of shoes or a trip to Seattle. Like, really.
So I signed up and went. I’d taken a similar class before and learned how to make the traditional version. How hard could this be, right?
It turns out it was a little harder. Especially when you factor in that I never learned how to master the sleeves on the traditional version and haven’t made a traditional qaspuk in about a year. But I had picked out my fabric and I was determined to get this done before Monday.
As I sat there listening, cutting, measuring, and jotting down notes to remember for the future (you can never have just one qaspuk!), there were times when fatigue would start to set in. I would think about how much easier it would have been to just hand over $120 cash and get a gorgeous qaspuk made by the expert, herself.
Easy isn’t always enough though. Sometimes we have to overlook how easy the project can be and hunker down through the nitty gritty and remind ourselves that we’ve got this. In fact, as I was muddling through piecing together each piece of material and ripping out stitches to re-do when I got them wrong, I thought that several times. I’ve got this.
With that thought on my mind, it occurred to me that over the years, I’ve gotten through many events with that same attitude and that same “go getter” thinking. College? I’ve got this. Graduate school? I’ve got that too. Pass the licensure exam? Yep, I’ve got that. Overcome a bad relationship? I got this. Relocate across the country with the love of my life and family in tow? We got this.
Do you see a trend here? It’s about focusing on the dream. Taking the mistakes with the successes. Moving forward. Taking breaks but never giving up. It’s about believing in yourself and your abilities. And it’s about taking the time to learn a skill that maybe you never thought you’d be able to master.
What are you working on these days? What’s your goal? Your dream? Don’t give up. Here’s a song with lyrics that might help keep you motivated: Jennifer Hudson’s song: I Got This. Whatever you do, don’t worry. You got this…
The class I took? Take a look...Yea, I got this.