+CascadeHandmade Posted June 26, 2016 Share Posted June 26, 2016 I enjoy geocaching and am always happy to share this game/sport/hobby with family members and friends who ask about it. When someone gets really excited and seem to show genuine interest in participating, I want to encourage them in any way I can. I have donated caching supplies to several newbies to help get them started - mostly small things like unactivated travel bugs or handfulls of SWAG so they can learn what is a proper trade item. But for some people, I have even given them things like a GPS device, a one year premium membership, all-weather notebooks and pens, waterproof containers etc. I consider it worth the price if the person becomes a passionate cacher who truly enjoys the game. Lately however, it seems several of these people have accepted my gifts with all eagerness to start caching; but then don't follow through and I feel I've wasted my time and money. I know that not every person who tries geocaching will enjoy it enough to continue long term; which is why I only give things to the people who were genuinely interested. But lately, even the people who were really excited about it seem to be 'flaking out'. It wouldn't be appropriate to ask for my stuff back, since I did GIVE it to them; but I still feel bad that it's getting wasted. The thing is, this has also happened to me when I have tried to teach someone other activities like sewing, quilting, crochet, beading, even cooking. I give them a ball of yarn or beads or fabric to get them started, then find out they gave up and tossed it in a box somewhere and it never gets used. Am I just too generous? Has this happened to you? Quote Link to comment
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