I saw the Fold-A-Day paper airplane kit as I was touring the mall last week. It was on sale for half price, at $7.50. There is a paper airplane to fold for everyday of the year. I purchased the kit and thought I would try to accomplish the daily folding as a relaxation activity.
I tried the first one as I folded and refolded the sheet of paper according the directions and never got it right after several futile efforts. My spouse was laughing and chiding me as I worked for 32 years for the General Electric Aircraft Engine Company. All that time I was located in a factory that had been established by the Wright Brothers Aeronautical Corporation. I made planes that flew people around the world, broke speed records and at one time helped manufacture the rockets that sent man to the moon. But I couldn't make a paper airplane.
Sometimes I think life is like that. We can accomplish great feats when we need the money and the family depends on it. We add an entirely new dimension if we are lucky enough to do work the world depends on. But when it really doesn't matter, the incentive to succeed is not as great. Nobody is going on unemployment and food stamps if I don't master the art of making these airplanes in the next year. I'm certainly going to try, as my spouse says I am a Type A personality who doesn't settle for failure.
How many of us are making paper airplanes? Certainly I have made a lot of them since I retired. I have played some horrible rounds of golf. I probably have written some bad blogs. Who knows, maybe this is one of them? I read what I want, that often includs some bad fiction instead of some business documents that had to be reviewed by the staff meeting the next day at 9:00 AM. I don't even have to break some speed record or worry about doping myself as I ride my bike around for an hour each day. I can go as slow as I want and enjoy the scenery.
So I will keep on making paper airplanes as long the kit lasts and if I never get good at making them I won't grieve over the lack of mastery of the task.