2146Hrs – Mind Games
Another 6 hours sanding today and I’m now a third of the way down the last hullside. Once that’s done I just have the decks and cabin tops of the starboard hull to do and I can bring in the jet wash and blast away the blanket of fine white dust that now blankets everything in the barn.
This sanding operation is without doubt one of the hardest tasks I’ve had to do so far. It’s monotonous, tiring, dirty, noisy and I really dislike being encased in overalls, facemask, goggles , hat and gloves. It’s not a matter of forcing myself to do it though because I’ve chosen to do it. This is an important point, one which I’ve been applying to a number of things I needed to do recently.
If sanding was part of my ‘JOB’, if I was employed and paid to do it then of course I’d do it, but I’d resent doing it, I’d moan constantly about doing it and I’d probably make a lousy job of it. But I’m not employed to sand things, I could choose not to do it if I really wanted to. Maybe I could pay someone else to do it or ask some friends to come help me ( not sure how long they’d stay friends for mind!).
Here’s the thing though. I WANT to build a boat, I WANT to do it on my own, I WANT the feelings of satisfaction and pride that will come when she’s launched. If those things are going to happen then the sanding needs to be done and needs to be done well so with the aforementioned WANTS in mind it’s easy to CHOOSE to do it myself. More than that I choose to do it well and having rid myself of any negative feelings about doing it I can, to some degree enjoy it, knowing that the work I do now will pay dividends when I come to put some paint on.
I did get a short break from the sanders today as some of the timber for building the beams arrived. So many jobs!!! 🙂 🙂