reading. jamming. planting. loving. running. napping. sketching.
Lets all do more.
Making something with your own skills is a super rewarding thing. It does not have to be a hand crafted porcelain ornament, it could be just keeping a spider plant alive for more than 2 weeks, or making a batch of cupcakes. Maybe you like to photograph others doing their making and this is transitioned into prints, or you are a musician and your product is not visible or touchable but can lift peoples hearts and make them jump and bounce and clap. Maybe you are able to keep that 1958 Apache running smooth, or know just how to sooth a kitten before a spay or neuter surgery.
Each of us has a thing that makes us happy. Many have a few things. Finding a way to include this in your life is enriching and can also increase sustainability in your community and neighborhood. It just takes a little networking and bartering. The joy that you get from doing and the appreciation of someone who sees your skill and finds value in it is worth more than a few bucks.
Making a child’s eyes light up with a handmade toy or the appreciation off fine lace work by a great aunt or grandmother that initially taught you to bend fiber in your wee youth. Hearing the rumble of the car (finally!) that you bought broken down when you were 16 to restore with your mentor. Having a friend hang your personal expression in oil or acrylic, or watercolor over their entry way or mantel. These things nourish us emotionally, mentally and can even feed us spiritually.
What is your happy place? What do you do different than everyone else? Maybe you are not a Picasso or a Mozart, or even a Tina Turner, but dammit, if it makes you happy, MAKE IT.
The strength you receive from being authentic in who you are and what you do is infectious. You will start to gather others around you that resonate with your loves and ways of life and are also makers. You will find a “tribe” or “pack” of like minded individuals that you start to get more ideas from and you feed into their muse pool. You build a support system that is based off of honest appreciation and equally honest critique. You can walk away from the shaming, bullying and rumors of the unwashed masses and learn to look to yourself for force and inspiration. You will build others up around you and create that community that feeds us all.
How about you go and make something.