Taking the Path of Most Resistance – Rambler Made

Taking the Path of Most Resistance

Why is the path of most resistance so attractive? ⁣⁣
⁣⁣
This isn’t true of all things, but for me, and specifically for the skills that I pride myself on, I commonly choose this path. But why? Why would I choose this course fully knowing it will be the more difficult one, the slower one, that will ultimately result in more failure? The short answer is, I don’t know other than it feels something like a proving to me - a challenge to, and against, myself. It’s the choice of using hand tools over machinery or sharpening knives freehand instead of an electric sharpener. ⁣⁣
⁣⁣
It will take longer, there will be more mistakes, and an immense sacrifice of time. And time is absolutely the biggest struggle here. Whenever I get frustrated and ask myself, “why am I doing this?” time is usually the cause for question. I could buy a belt fed sharpener and get an edge on a blade instantly, rather than the hour it took me on a whetstone. I could buy dies and a clicker press instead of hand cutting each leather good that I make, and that stage of the process would take 2 seconds, rather than 2 minutes. To which I usually reply, “but fuck that…”⁣⁣
⁣⁣
So is it just straight up masochism? I think the attraction for this way of doing things comes from the passion for honing skills. Sacrificing convenience for that ache in your hands that lets you know that you fulfilled your goal. It’s the feeling of achieving a sharp edge on a blade in 30 minutes the next time around because that hour of fucking up so much taught you more than you comprehended at the time. ⁣⁣
⁣⁣
Focus more now so that next time your hands ache a little less and your blade sharpens a little quicker. ⁣⁣