A lengthy post explaining my situation.
What I'm looking for are other people's stories and ways we can learn from our mistakes, even if all we can do is pass on the lesson to other generations.
I was asked a question in another thread about my reasons for not sticking with model railroading throughout my adult life.
The answer isn't suitable for that thread so I started this one.
I still love trains and model trains. As a teenager I had an 8' X 10' layout in my parents basement. I was also involved with the Lake Simcoe Railway Modellers.
After university I made a decision which I now regret.
While at university I was heavily involved in a Christian campus group.
When I compared that life to the lives of those I knew before and the lives I read about in Model Railroader I came to realize that many people made model railroading their religion. I therefore wanted to choose a different path.
Years later I finally owned a house with a decent sized basement. I considered my carefully stored models, but in the end I decided that it was more important to fix a leek or install baseboards than to build a train layout.
Big mistake -- I missed out on two opportunities:
I'm not a handy-man and I find it almost impossible to take on any project. In retrospect I see that if I was building a train layout, and therefore always working on different projects, then MAYBE I'd find it easier to take on other stuff around the house.
My kids have now left home. I never introduced them to the joys of having a hobby. Heck, when I was in high school my friends were often bored, not me!
I could have taught them a lot of skills and they could have experienced the magic, and frustration, of running scale model trains.
Has anyone else missed out by their decisions of their youth??