I’ve had two months off from YoYoExpert. This has given me time to pause and reflect on the past roughly year and a half of my life, or at least the portion that has revolved around yoyos and other skill toys. While I have also been catching up on other projects, a fair amount of my non-work time has been spent contemplating the not so recent past. Well, maybe not all of it, but at least the parts I remember.
A lot has happened. Some good, some bad. Some really good, some really bad, and some has been down right horrible. That is how things go sometimes. One can try to control one’s life, but nobody is ever in absolutely complete control.
I started on May 11, 2011 by walking into Toys R Us and buying an Imperial and a Reflex. I was 39 at the time. Today, now 41, my tastes have changed dramatically, usually involving purchasing small bits of metal that cost over $100, and doing this rather frequently. I wonder if this is my mid-life crisis? Here I am, a man, playing with toys for little children. I have bits of string everywhere. There are yo-yo parts and accessories all over the place at my house. Cases full of these darn things taking up an ever increasing amount of space. Why? What am I doing? What’s wrong with me? I’m playing with yoyos. How low can I get?
I’ve also had quite a few conversations with people on Facebook. The consensus seems to be that I’m too old, too slow and I’m most likely not going to ever get very far with this. Some have even gone as far as to say that I suck at it, which may actually have validity. I’m just getting reinforcement that perhaps I have made some mistakes in my decision making process. I have been questioning a lot of things lately. It makes logical sense that I should question this as wel.
So, I quit. I mean, this is just getting stupid and out of control.
As of today, I am officially no longer playing with yoyos. From this day on, I am only going be performing motor skill activities with precision machined and/or manufactured turning apparatuses. I am no longer going to be helping people either. I am only going to be providing information of an educational and informative nature in direct response to the inquiry as presented. I am not going to clean and treat anymore bearings, I will merely be addressing and resolving issues pertaining to viscosity and friction management via chemical processes.
Done. Decided. There’s no turning back now.