Influencing friends/relatives with your good example, and then abandoning it

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  1. anna9868

    anna9868 Habitué

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    Do you ever have such situations when you are interested in doing something, and your enthusiasm is pickup up by a friend or a relative. They start doing the same thing, whereas you "cool down" and stop doing it at some point whereas they continue?

    I have a few examples of these, with my friends.
    At some point a few years back I was into bread baking with a bread maker. I was telling my friends how cool it it. It didn't last long, maybe 6 months.
    However, one of my friend picked it up from me because of my enthusiasm. They've been baking breads in their family for a year now, and no signs of stopping!

    I picked up from the same friend going to yoga. She went for about a year, then stopped by the time I decided to try. She hasn't returned since. I've been going for 2.5 years.
    We both laugh at these examples!
     
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    czacza Multitudinous

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    Friends influence each other. Is that your point?
     
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    anna9868 Habitué

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    not as simple as that. Influence with something, then you quit doing whatever it is, and your friend continues.

    It's just that I have quite a few of those examples. Was wondering if other people experience something similar as well
     
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    Not quite sure what your point is, or if it is more of a question.
    You quit making bread but your friend continued; sounds like you lost interest and your friend didn't.
    Are you upset by these events?
    I enjoy it when I pick up something new from a friend, or when someone asks me about something I do.
     
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    no, why? I'm not upset. I just find it funny how I have a number of such examples of me passing an interest on to a friend, and then it just happens that I quit doing myself. Or, a friend passing something interesting to me that she likes to do and then she would quit doing that.

    I was curious how often other people experience similar situations.
     
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    I got your point, Anna. I think your enthusiasm for baking bread was catching! And your friend helped you find a great, healthy pursuit. I'm trying to think of a case when this happened with me, and it could have been with crafting - but I got lazy. And pinterest.
     
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    TOTALLY get this. One of my best friends got me started running three years ago. I've started working with coaches and completed a 10K yesterday. She's totally fallen off the wagon, which is a mess for her since we both signed up for a half-marathon next month.
     
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    Haha, a friend and I were just laughing about this a few weeks ago. In college I was super into yoga and was a vegetarian and occasional vegan. Now I have a love of steak and prefer boxing and strength training for exercise (haven't done yoga in close to two years), but a good friend of mine who turned down multiple invitations to come to a yoga class is now working on her yoga teacher certification and became a vegan right around the time I moved away from that lifestyle. Go figure!
     
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    I've had this happen both ways.

    I started out using a George Foreman and loved the model I used. I raved about it to my mom so she bought one. I use mine occasionally, but my mom uses hers at least five nights a week and has bought all of the different accessories for it. She bought another one and put it in a cabinet in case hers breaks.

    I started ribbon embroidery because a friend invited me to a class she was teaching. I still do this, but she hasn't in years.
     

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