It's Not Done, But It's Still Fun
Every month I work on this buggy, and every month it's still not done! I feel like themythical Greek character, Sisyphus, who was destined to push a boulder up a hill for eternity only to watch it roll back down every time he gets it to the top.
This brings me to a problem many of us encounter, Giant Project Vehicle Burn Out (commonly referred to as GPVBO). This is when you take on an enormous buildup which is way beyond your skills, bank account, or patience only to get neck deep and begin wondering how in the heck you're ever going to pull it off. This condition can be compounded by significant others wondering if the pile of parts in the garage will ever leave, buddies constantly bugging you to go wheeling, neighbors harassing you that your junk is ruining their property values, and of course the stress that what you started building two or three years ago will no longer be state-of-the-art when it's finished.
Dear readers, do not fret. You'll get that 4x4 back on the trail some day by simply following these steps. First and foremost, set goals. I'm not saying set a final finish date, but rather set a weekend or evening goal for every time you work on it. Just base that goal on what you can realistically do, and this will give you a sense of accomplishment and keep the positive juices flowing. Next, remember that wrenching on your ride is fun and when you have a problem with it don't get mad, simply close the toolbox for a while and go do something different-mow the lawn, eat lunch, or read a magazine (this magazine).
Finally when the pressures of life, wife, family, and friends creep in, then maybe that truck is just what you need. Get these people to help out for an evening by handing you a wrench or pointing a flashlight. Or on the other hand, lock yourself in the garage away from it all for an hour or 10, just long enough to get your mind off your daily stress and have fun playing with your rig. This sport, whether wrenching or wheeling, is about having fun with your 4x4; don't let the slow buildup ruin the fun of it all.