I am a quitter

Have I ever mentioned I’m a quitter? Looking back at my childhood, it’s easy to see why my mother was so frustrated. She did her darnedest to get me involved in something – anything – that might pique my interest. Unfortunately, I was a stubborn little thing and once I’d determined that something was no longer holding my interest (if, indeed, it ever had), then it was done. Perhaps one more session of lessons, punctuated by yelling, crying and a lot of faking sick, but there’s only so much a mother can take.

Now, a visual history of many (but not all) the things I quit.


Figure Skating

Figure Skating

It was cold.




My mom apparently really liked short hair on her daughters. And, since she was the one cutting it, she got to choose.


Computer Programming

Computer Girl

Yes, seriously. On the upside, I seemed to finally be getting a say in the length of my hair.



Thanksgiving Play

This was a Thanksgiving play, and – spoiler alert! – we couldn’t kill the turkey (Haley), but luckily the turkey knew how to make spaghetti. Thanksgiving was saved!!!




Here I fail you, because apparently all those photos remain in the possession of my well-intentioned mother, approximately 1,000 miles away.



piano in the background

Now, this is obviously not a picture of me playing the piano. Nor was this the age range when I was playing the piano. I don’t know that there are ANY photos of me actively playing said piano… but this is a photo of me and the piano that I played. Close enough.


Horseback Riding

Horseback riding

This is George. He was my favorite because he was so little. At the time it didn’t strike me as taking the easy route, to choose a smaller horse, I just thought he was the sweetest guy in the stable.



Fame Wiley

I’m the one in the bad-ass turquoise bolero jacket in front.




Despite this color photo, my interest lay in black and white photos, and developing film and prints myself.




This photo is from high school. In college I watched the cheerleading tryouts, but did not participate. Later, I started the pom workshop/auditions, and walked out midway through.


Synchronized Swimming

Swim Cadets

This was my passion for longer than any of the other items. But I quit this one, too. In college. Three times.


Although I became an expert in none of these areas, I like to say I had a well-rounded childhood, dabbling in a little bit of everything. Certainly, I wish I’d pursued some of these further than I did, but not all of them. For some of these hobbies, quitting was absolutely the right decision.

I’m a quitter. And I’m okay with that.



  • Stephanie Small
    February 10, 2015

    well, for some of these you could just be taking a leave of absence! That’s what I say about riding and piano 🙂 Haha love your awkward dorky childhood pics. Perfect for #TBT

    • Jeans and a Tank Top
      February 10, 2015

      You’re right! I should’ve saved that post for Thursday. And what do you mean, awkward and dorky? I was the poster child for… yeah. Awkward. And dorky. *sigh*

  • Jayme
    February 11, 2015

    Haha I love this. 🙂 I did quite a few of these as well, and quit them all. Some sooner than others…

    • Jeans and a Tank Top
      February 11, 2015

      I always heard that one is supposed to find what one is good at, and do that. Well, I’m reeeeeally good at quitting 🙂

  • Niki
    February 12, 2015

    I loved this post. Probably because I’m similar! And I had no idea you played the piano – I played for 15 years! I also quit that, and horseback riding, and ballet, and figure skating (because I broke my wrist learning how to fall properly, ha).

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