Impossibilities are merely things which we have not yet learned. - Charles W. Chestnutt
Four years ago, my MIL gave me a gift for Christmas which I have been wanting to get myself, yet never worked the nerve to buy it. I have to admit, the reason I didn't purchase it for myself was simple. I was intimidated by it. How could I even stand a chance against a piece of machinery that can put forth such beauty when I have never even taken a class on using it? I opted out of that class during high school in order to take cooking for my home economics elective. I would sit and watch my MIL handle this machine with such ease, that one day I wistfully said with a sigh "I'd love to learn how to create beautiful things like you."
The present I opened that Christmas morning? A Singer sewing machine.
I was in awe at first. That emotion was quickly replaced by sheer terror. I told my MIL, I don't think I would ever be able to use this gift. Her response? "You will never know unless you try." This coming from a woman who is known to be pessimistic. I couldn't help but wonder.... can I truly learn how to make beautiful things to wear with this myself?
I played with remnants and made itty bitty blankets for Lil Miss' dolls at first. Then I made pillow cases. Two years ago I ventured into making brocade stuffed pumpkins to decorate a mantel shelf I have in my living room. This year I have decided, enough is enough. I am done with baby steps. I have decided I will walk confidently into my local fabric store on Monday and purchase a simple pattern, some fabrics, and matching threads and make what I always wanted to create with it.
This summer I choose to challenge myself. I will learn to do something I have always wanted to master. There is nothing more rewarding than facing your fears and overcoming them.