It made me wonder just how many people are doing this kind of thing.
Have you ever looked at your garden and thought: "It would take a week to really get to grips with that and I can't afford to take a week off work, so I'll just have to leave it for now." ? Or have you thought about having a holiday but decided against it because you couldn't afford to get to the Seychelles this year? Or put off doing any exercise because it would take so much effort to lose two stone and you wouldn't be happy with just a few pounds?
Or are you the kind of person who completes the course and is happy with a B, goes off to Whitby for a couple of days and enjoys it, spends half an hour here and there pulling out a few weeds or mowing a lawn and generally gets on with life, grateful for what you have and for any modest achievements along the way?
It's great to have goals and dreams to inspire and motivate us, providing we don't let them cripple us in our attempt to achieve-it-all-or-take-our-bat-and-ball-home. A beaver doesn't necessarily have to chop down a redwood tree to block a river; he can build a pretty good dam with patiently-collected sticks, and I've yet to see an ant driving a JCB!
Elsewhere on this website, I've said: "The important thing isn't getting what you think you want; it's looking at what you actually get and learning something from it." Maybe one of the things we can learn is how to lighten up, go easy on ourselves and enjoy ourselves in the process!