Finish what you start.

Robin - Greenville, North Carolina
Entered on September 23, 2008
Age Group: 18 - 30

Have you ever stopped and thought about what if everyone followed through with their commitments? Everyone that said they were going to quit smoking actual did quit smoking; everyone that started college finished college and all the politicians did what they promised they were going to do. Can you imagine how much better the world would be?

When I was in elementary school I wanted to sign up to be in this after school sewing class. I asked my parents if it was okay. They were fine with it so they signed me up to be in the class, which was to begin in about three or four weeks. By the time the class began, I had changed my mind and did not want to do the class anymore. I can’t remember why. I just remember begging my mom to call the instructor and tell her I was not doing the class. After a little while of arguing my mom finally let me off the hook and called the instructor, but it was not over yet. After she got off the phone with the instructor, she found me and gave me a lecture I still remember to this day. She told me that the instructor had already planned for me and now she had to change her schedule because I was not going. She said that she would never get me out of something again and that if I signed up to do something I had to do it from now on. I remember her giving me that lecture, and sure enough if I wanted to do something and I was signed up to do it, I had to do it and there was no other option.

I was taught a very valuable lesson that day. If I start something, I have to finish it. I carry that with me even to this day. Before I sign up or commit to do something, I think ahead and I think to myself will I be able to carry this through to the end? I have always regretted not taking that sewing class, because now when I go to sew on a button or stitch a small hole and I don’t know how, I remember the time when I could have taken a sewing class.