Beadwork, Patience & Complacency: Lessons Learned

I’ve tried to be productive and utilize this time at home to improve my beadwork skills. This week I finished another #Beadednecklace. The earrings to match are still in the works. I made a small error in this one that more experienced beadcrafters will probably notice. Which brings me to the point of this post.

There are life lessons to be learned from just about any endeavor if you pay attention. Beadwork is no exception. This week I learned mostly about the need for patience and moderating complacency. You see, I usually check each round as I go. USUALLY being the operative word.

This necklace is fashioned using a herringbone stitch. Because it is very rout you can easily become “entranced” which I have determined is the equivalent of lazy and complacent. At some point I didn’t check my pattern close enough which resulted in an undetected wrong choice of bead color. The result of my complacency is a less than perfect product. I’m one of those “A” types. So, good enough, is not good enough. Only perfect is perfect. I took my skills for granted.

This week we’ve also been preforming the preliminary steps in planning our next big adventure. That got me to thinking about how we can often take our freedom to move around the country for granted, also. I know I never once thought that our ability to vacation and travel would in any way ever be restricted. Especially since we do all of our travel inside the country’s borders. This year we have all learned how fragile that freedom has become.

With that said, we are cautiously optimistic about finalizing our plans for a long road trip this winter or fall. Of course, everything depends on getting time off approved and what happens with the spread of Covid-19. We were already forced to cancel a month long journey this spring when every campground but one called us to cancel our reservations during the viral outbreak. What an eye opener that was for us.

Many of the travelers whose journeys we follow are full-time. They have no home to go to. When the machine stopped they had to rely heavily on the kindness of family and some even strangers. There were a few private campgrounds that made exceptions for full-timers, but that was not the case with most state parks and national campgrounds. Especially here in the south. What a terrible position to be in. It really made us take a long look at whether we wanted to sell our house when we retire or hold on to it so we’d always have a place to return home. We decided on the latter.

So right now we are in a holding pattern. Like many others who are still working and can’t just leave at will we are hoping that this “reopening” of the country is not just temporary. That we will get our chance to travel and relax as so many others are finally having the chance to do now. But as with most things – it is completely out of our control.

Until then I have nothing but time to dream, bead, and continue to share the story of our journey. I suppose the positive side of all this is that by the time we get to hit the road later this year I should have several more pieces done. Maybe by then I’ll lick this lesson on patience and complacency in both my beadwork and my appreciation for 1.) the things we have (especially a place to call home) and 2.) the right we have to move freely about the country.

If you’re new here and interested in seeing more finished jewelry pieces they can be seen by clicking HERE. For those that follow along regularly a new story about our travels will be up on Monday. Hope to see you then.


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