Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: The Very Tip of Lake Michigan
Are you looking for positive reinforcement, motivation, or a reason to bail out? You've gotten plenty of opinions and advice so far, but all you really have is what other people would do. No one can know what YOU should do except YOU. And really, how can we truly, and why should we offer what could be life changing advice. Letís say you took all these opinions, averaged out the ďsellĒ and ďdon't sellĒ, and based your decision solely on that, only to find out later that it was all wrong. Would you blame the forum members? There is more to it than simply asking for opinions on a forum where you probably personally know no one.
What do you do to occupy your time now that you don't tinker in the shop? Have you moved on to another hobby? Do you sit and watch TV all evening? Taking dancing lessons? Binge drinking? Did you get divorced? Are you about to get divorced? Maybe you got a girlfriend.
Something has taken the place of your time spent woodworking.
I donít literally want the answer to these questions; itís none of my business. But depending on your answer to yourself, the advice might differ. For instance, if you said you sit around all evening watching crap like 'The Bachelor', or if your wife has pulled up stakes, I might tell you to force yourself to go to the shop, even if itís only to polish the tools and sweep the floors. If you said that you took up ballroom dancing, I might opine that you mothball your shop for a whileÖ because dancing too shall pass! If you are ill or broken, I might suggest an auction and a nice condo where you could watch 'The Bachelor' and 'Jerry Springer' (bleah!).
You first need to search your own soul. A deep search. What are you going to do with the rest of your life? Where do you see yourself in ten years? If you are still on the fence, by far the best people to ask for opinions like this are family first and close friends second. Start with your wife and children. They know you as well, if not better than you know you. You may not even need the friends talk.
The main thing is not to do anything spontaneously. Take your time to figure it all out. Your shop will wait for you. I know this for a fact; I have been in your exact shoes. I mothballed all my tools, locked the building up tight and went into high end stereo for about five years. Then one day I decided to build my own subwoofer (which wasnít exactly a success by the way). Then I needed a record album rack. And then a CD storage rack. And then a pair of brackets to hang a couple of surround speakers. You get the point.
There are no do-overs in life. What you do is what you did. Make your choice from both heart and head and youíll never have a regret. What we would do is irrelevant.
Disclaimer: If you are a fan of 'The Bachelor' or 'Springer', I meant no disrespect. We are all entitled to make mistakes, and there are professional folks out there who can help you if you only ask.
Another $000,000,000.02 worth of advice,