That’s right folks, I am a quitter. I quit the Six Items of Less Challenge yesterday. It was my second go round, and I was just simply tired of doing it. I made it through day 24 of 30, but couldn’t finish. I spent a week trying to talk myself out of quitting but didn’t succeed.
The reason I started doing the challenge to begin with was because I had a good time the first time I did it, and I thought I would enjoy it equally this time. Unfortunately I did not. I don’t know if it was the clothes I picked or the time of the year or the fact that I was sick for most of it, but I was not into it. I realized that wearing clothes I didn’t enjoy was affecting my mood. I was spending far too much time stressing in the morning about how I could possibly make the same six items of clothes look different or make me happy about what I was wearing. But for a long time I wouldn’t allow myself to quit.
I thought I would let people down: At least a few people have enjoyed seeing my photos each day.
I though people would think less of me: Who quits a challenge six days before it ends.
I though that Matt would pick on me: He had a much harder time the first go round but didn’t quit.
I thought it meant I was a failure: I have a very hard time not being able to complete something.
But I realized that if the point of doing this was for enjoyment and I was no longer enjoying it, then it was time to stop. And I think I might have learned more from quitting than finishing.
What I learned
- My friends and family aren’t going to stop loving me just because I don’t succeed at something or if I change my mind. They don’t like me for what I do or accomplish. They like me for me.
- I don’t always have to be perfect. I don’t always have to “win”. People will not think less of me.
Personally, I think these lessons are more important than anything I might learn about my clothes or my relationship to my clothing.