Untapped Potential

Our Very Own Wilderness

There is this small swath of relatively flat, open land on our otherwise very steep hill.

More Greens?

For the longest time, I gazed upon it, feeling overwhelmed with the possibilities.

A Dahlia Garden?

There are so many opportunities for that space: we could grow crops up there. Corn, blueberries, more strawberries, more tomatoes, more greens, grapes. We could raise chickens. We could build a swimming pool. Or most stereotypically, we could install a hot tub up yonder. I would want to put one of the old cool redwood tubs in. The ones so many of my friends had, growing up.

A Tree House?

Each of these projects would cost money and time. Each is a big commitment. Each would exclude the others. The only concept I ever really understood in Econ 101 was opportunity cost. That idea has haunted me ever since. I WAS GOING TO MISS OUT ON SOMETHING IF I CHOSE SOMETHING ELSE! Scary thought, indeed.

So for a long time, I was stumped with what to do there. This is totally a metaphor for my life after my second miscarriage, by the way. (Yeah, I knew you were with me. But sometimes I get a bit Captain Obvious.)

Now, I’m just excited to pursue the project we’ve chosen.

Stay tuned.

Do you have any untapped projects you’ve been intimidated by? What are they, and why?


Filed under Parenting After IF

3 responses to “Untapped Potential

  1. Untapped potential? scared to move forward? Yup, that would be me… at least in the context of writing. I have a ton of storylines and characters rolling around in my head. I have about a thousand partially filled or empty notebooks. I have a computer with thousands of pictures, but no stories on it. I keep hoping that my ‘someday I will write’ will become ‘today I will write’.

    Looking forward to see what project you decided on.

  2. Looking forward to seeing the project you chose come to life.

  3. I hope the plumbing woes haven’t knocked this out of the realm of feasibility. My husband is the same way about opportunity costs, whereas I’m a total satisficer – just looking for “good enough.” Which also has its downsides.

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