In today's terms, I had an attention deficit disorder. Teachers despaired of me. But the dojo seemed a good match for a kid who otherwise appeared to be only interested in his guitar.
I remembered back to my own Navy days. And recalling the old rubric that "if it moves - salute it. If it doesn't paint it,"
I carved intermittently from the 1960s through the mid-seventies. Going to graduate school put an end to most carving activities, and I didn't pick it up again until 1992.
I have several springtime reorganization projects that I need to tackle. I'm never lukewarm about these projects. I either look forward to them or dread the entire thing.
If you buy too many woodworking magazines, you may develop shop and tool envy.
Items like models, patterns and proportional dividers are as important to your carving as sharp gouges and knives.
If not golden, silence can be precious
Try something new.
Two of the best artists I've known were fluid on the choice of media.
Watch yourself out there. It's a dangerous marketplace for the creative.