It's not easy to walk away from something you really want. I walked away from an old truck this weekend. A truck that I REALLY wanted! I have an old bass boat, and I was looking for an old truck to pull the old boat. I like old stuff.
I found an old truck online last week. I loved it the moment my hand made contact with it's rusty, dented, faded, bent hood. The guy selling it told me he would get it "drive ready" this week. It ran just fine, sounded great! But it wasn't ready for the street.. It was sitting in the guys back yard and needed a few adjustments. I didn't ask him to put any work into it .. he just did ..nice guy.
So I returned a few days later, and drove it around town. Good truck. Sounded good, felt good ..but I could start to feel some doubt creeping it's way into my head. I guess it's from my many years of buying "old stuff." Most of the "old" vehicles I have purchased in the past have ended up in junk yards or ditches a few days AFTER I write the check.
Long story short, I returned from my test drive with every intention of walking away. I had a feeling the truck wasn't the right truck and the right time. It had more rust then I thought, and the breaks were a little "mushy." The man selling the truck was extremely nice. He wasn't pushy. I decided my best bet was to make him an offer I knew he COULD refuse. I did, and he did. I made sure he wasn't insulted .. he said he wasn't .. I know he will sell the truck for more .. and make some money.
I walked away knowing it was the right thing to do. BUT IT WAS DIFFICULT. I spent the next several hours talking to friends (and to myself) about the truck, and why it was the wrong truck. Everyone told me I did the right thing .. and I guess I did. In the long term, I'm learning It feels good to know I can walk away from something I really want. I have a feeling it will be easier the next time.