By Cathy Johnson
The very phrase gives the reader pause. UFO – Unidentified Flying Object. They range from the “flying saucer” incidents of the previous centuries to the “conspiracy theory” events of Area 51. To some, UFOs are exciting, mysterious, and captivating. To others, they bring unease, dread, and even fear.
But there is another type of UFO known to anyone who has started a project and then left it unfinished, thus creating their own personal UFO (UnFinished Object). Many of these DIY projects were begun with great gusto and a firm belief that the completed whatever would soon – or eventually – appear, and no doubt, give us great joy. Only the most disciplined among us, the project-oriented ones, manage to avoid this issue, and I’ll bet even some of them have a UFO lurking somewhere.
Project-oriented knitters, for example refer to themselves as monogamous knitters. One project at a time until it is finished; that’s the way they roll. The chances of a UFO are few. Process-oriented crafters simply want to try out a new technique or pattern, and once it is conquered, that can be it for the project. Or a stumbling block is encountered, and then the project gets stuffed into a bag, a drawer, or the closet and it languishes there. Project Limbo, if you will.
And that is where the UnFinished Object begins to resemble the UFO in the sky. The painter can only stack up so many unfinished canvases. The door to that room you tackled, intending to repaint or redecorate can only stay closed for so long. The closet or craft cupboard can only hold so many UFOs until it, too, needs its day of reckoning.
Think of the UFO as an albatross, although it is not literally hanging around your neck. It is lurking at the edges of your consciousness, reminding you of its unfinished state, not to mention the time and money invested in it. There, too, is the negative side of the UFOs in the sky: the unease, the nagging, the dread.
Then the day finally arrives when the UFO must be dealt with. Whatever the deal is you make with yourself, whatever bribe, ultimatum or promise, out it comes. An examination is made. Fish or cut bait, some would say. There are other expressions as well, but you get the drift. Your choices? Give it a go and finish. Restart. Repurpose. Recycle.
Whatever happens next, the end result is pretty much the same: relief at having gotten that monkey off your back. If you have an FO (Finished Object), then hooray! If it was a restart, keep on truckin’. Repurposed? That, too, is cause for celebration. And if it was ultimately recycled or committed to the trash, you can still rejoice that the roadblock is now gone and you can Pass Go and reclaim that breathing space in your life which was occupied by that UFO.
UFOs exist. They are real. And they are closer than we imagine. But they don’t require the USAF or NASA to deal with them. Just a personal decision. Here’s hoping you, too, can remove a UFO from your universe soon.