Wednesday, April 6, 2022

"The best laid plans of mice and men sometimes go awry."

"The best laid plans of mice and men sometimes go awry." 
This is a well know quote from Robert Burns very old poem called, "To a Mouse," written in 1785.

This saying keeps running through my head as I try to find enough time to do all the things running through my head, all the ideas and dreams.  And the fear of what could happen, the unknown, so many things I don't know, where do I start and what's the next move.  I start, and I stop and I start again.  Anxiety fills my chest and my heart races.  I have a vision of a card game, a studio, a coffee shop, but I don't know how to really do it.  I've been printing and laminating my deck of cards from home and I really want to get them printed so they look professional, but then I think that it will lose it's charm. None of the decks come out perfectly, is that the charm of the homemade deck of cards.  Should I just post the games on Etsy? What's holding me back?  Fear...Anxiety...I created this card game 7 years ago for a Girl Scout Camping Trip and it has been written out in a notebook ever since, and I created 2 other versions since that have also remained in my notebook.  Recently my daughter has been helping me create the logo and we have printed cards.  I have given them to 3 friends to try them out, they all say it's a good idea.  So what's really stopping me...

I keep thinking about that saying, "The best laid plans of mice and men sometimes go awry," it keeps coming back to me again and again.  I think what it's trying to tell me is to go for it, that no amount of planning will ever plan for everything.  That no matter how much I plan it, think and over think it, there is always something that can and will go wrong.  I'm trying to not let that fear get in the way.  I need to be flexible and ready to make changes, start over and do it again if neccessary.  Lets see if I can get past the planning and just do it. Ready or not here I come.


I watched this recital of the poem and I really enjoyed it, have a look and listen.  The poem sounds so much better with an accent then read by me.

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