Yes, I like to make things.
It’s such a simple statement that has encompassed so much of my life for as long as I can remember. I have always made things. I like to move my hands to make them, and then I like to think about them. Or share them. Or give them away.
So, with that being said, I’m going to guess that you like to make things also. I wonder if you are also compelled to many kinds of things – actual made-with-your-hands things. And, of course, that leads to the question “Why do we make things?” and “Why so many?”
I believe that some people (like me) just can’t help it. I know I can’t. When I see something that is hand made I wonder if I can make it also. I don’t care if it is a felted mouse, a linoleum print, a particular style of painting, a paper flower, a crocheted throw, an amazing graphic skill, a quote with calligraphy flourishes or an embroidered pin cushion. If it catches my eye, I’m going to try to learn how to make it.
And, that. That “making things” is what I do – and it brings me joy.
Do the things I make matter? They do to me. And, isn’t that all that really counts? If they bring joy to someone else – so much the better.
So, tell me, Creative Person. Do you make things? Is it the “making of it” the part that you love or the finished product? I will bet – dollars to donuts – that you are compelled to make more than just one kind of thing. I know. You can’t help it any more than I can.
If that is true, then you are my tribe.