Wise words from Jason Shron of Rapido Trains:
Last year, I hardly made it down to my model railroad room. It became more and more difficult to face what is supposed to be my favourite place in the world. Thinking about the gargantuan task that it is to build the Kingston Sub would just cause me anxiety as I was so rarely down there and progress was so slow. It also caused me to question why I was in this hobby and why I was in this business if I never actually worked on my layout.
I turned 43 last month and I made a birthday resolution to try and spend 15 minutes a day in my layout room. That’s it – just get down there for 15 minutes. Sometimes I can’t get there – the logistics just don’t allow it, like getting home from work at 10:30 p.m. But sometimes 15 minutes turns into 45 or more, which is a bonus. In the last three weeks I have definitely been down to the layout for more days than I’ve missed.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE! When I get to work on the layout, even just for 15 minutes, I go to bed feeling I have accomplished something. I actually sleep better than when I don’t work on the layout. It’s reduced my overall anxiety. My wife has noticed a difference. No more existential talks before bed (much to her relief).
I’m no longer so worried about the end result of the layout. When you get to work on the layout every day it becomes all about the process and the little accomplishments on the way. The end result becomes less and less important.
I still have to travel for work and on those days, working on the layout will be impossible. But I am going to try to continue this new approach and get down to the layout room for just 15 minutes a day when I can. And then I hope to be able to update the Facebook page in real time and not just a couple of times a year.
I pray that I will have the strength and persistence to continue this new tradition. It’s had an enormous impact on my outlook and overall quality of life.
I must get back into the habit of a little time in the modelling room every day.
And I love this advice from RMWeb…..
- OK so this list is as much a reminder to me as to anyone else of stupid things not to do when doing any work on the railway – if you ever see me doing any of these things please SHOUT at me before I damage something or someone:
1. Don’t do anything when in a hurry or tired – if you do then one of the other things listed below will happen.
2. Paint must dry before you touch it – unless you like fingerprints everywhere.
3. Pressfix transfers are sticky and amazingly they stick to each other if you pull them off the backing sheet to “take a look”.
4. Glue sticks things together even if you don’t want them to so be careful where you put it.
5. Conductive materials conduct electricity so don’t use them as insulators.
6. ….and of course insulators don’t conduct electricity.
7. Whitemetal bends and breaks easily and doesn’t like a hot soldering iron.
8. Metal gets hot when you put a soldering iron on it so be careful what is touching the other end.
9. Sharp knives are sharp and cut through skin – the resulting blood spill rarely looks good on models and even less so on the kitchen floor.
And finally 10. Always put your glasses on – you’re too old not to!