Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Create SOMETHING

"I need to create. Creating for me is what air and water are to others. What seems mundane to an outsider means I've created an entire world in my mind around this mundane thing. It's my challenge to get that world out of my head so others can experience it too."
I wrote these words in an email I received from someone wondering about my process. My process. This line had me stumped. I answered the question to the best of my ability:
I mean, I just think things. I think things and I know they're good things when I get super excited about them. It's like when you feel butterflies in your stomach, but I feel them all over my body. My fingers tingle, my brain works faster than I can type, and I'm sure to the outside eye, I look frantic. Like a mad scientists only staring  unblinking at my computer screen.
It's that way with activities or the theme days I create for daycare. I just look at an every day thing and boom! It hits. The need to make something out of nothing. Kind of like what I'm writing about now. Really I'm writing about nothing, but to me it's something.
Everyone is hell bent on creating the next thing. THE THING. The next big thing. The next perfect thing. No one has ever called me a perfectionist and I don't anticipate ever fitting into that category. There's too many thoughts and too much for me to do to perfect just one thing.
So I guess that's my process. I'm not out to create the thing. I just need to create something. Do something. In just doing something I've managed to impact more people than if I had waited around to create the thing. Something is far better than nothing.
I'm quite certain I left this emailer with far more questions than answers.
Why make just regular chocolate chip cookies when you can make chocolate chip cookie sandwiches??? All from staring at a package of cookie mix sitting on the counter on a Tuesday morning.
Why make just regular chocolate chip cookies when you can make chocolate chip cookie sandwiches??? All from staring at a package of cookie mix sitting on the counter on a Tuesday morning.

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