Krista and I were asking each other what our plans were for the new year. While puttering around with this morning’s distractions I was still thinking about that question. Our conversation focussed on goals for the new year but it’s hard to think forward without a bit of retrospection. Bringing this home to this blog and the discussion on model railways I thought about projects I’ve built over the years. I opened this post with a photo of a module I built for the local club’s modular layout and a photo of an N scale layout I built many years ago. It’s been quite some time since I took both of these photos and in that time both have been disposed of.
I can vividly recall the reasons why each was disposed of. Reflecting on those reasons and the conversation from last night I found myself wondering what might have been if I hadn’t parted with these works? I’ve disposed of finished or part-finished layouts for a variety of reasons ranging from a need to do something new to the grim reality one faces when you realise that you’ve made an insurmountable technical error that compromises the scene beyond repair. While there’s no salve for the need to explore or discover something new, sometimes time itself can offer the opportunity to revisit old work and with those refreshed thoughts things that seemed impossible to fix, could have been.
In the time since I disposed of that layout, I have learned so much more and those problems are not problems any more. If I still had that layout I could have probably fixed the issue and maybe made owning it more enjoyable again.
Since I’m so easily hooked on conversations regarding our relationship with the hobby I wanted to expand that question. I can easily think of several layouts from the hobby press that I am still a big fan of. Each of these examples have now been disposed of. From my question, to myself, to this broader audience (if I had the chance to ask) would become:
You had good reason to stop work on that previous layout. I’ve seen your current work and it’s clear that you’ve benefited from the decision and grown immeasurably as a hobbyist. Shedding those chains was good. In the spirit of retrospection, I wonder if you could go back.
Just a thought on a snowy Sunday morning.