Monday, May 30, 2011

Creating Stuff

A couple years ago I wrote something in passing about wanting to be a creator instead of a consumer. Some people from an ad agency started a project last year encouraging people to be creative. Similar to NaNoWriMo in November, they use the month of June to create something new each day over a thirty day period. Their project, while not necessarily allowing the time to create something such as bonsai, is still, in my opinion, a worthy endeavor.

Our culture constantly encourages us to be consumers of products. We are inundated with new and improved ways of spending money, which only encourages us to make more money rather than make do with what we have. Consuming becomes a status within the culture. The 30 Days of Creativity encourages people to make things with their own hands. The temptation may be there to see it as being on the creator end of the consumer spectrum, only to eventually peddle your wares to those who are waiting with fistfuls of cash to buy your creations. But you can also look at it as a practice in making things in spite of the culture.

The creative endeavor can take many forms: drawing, writing, painting, woodworking, knitting, songwriting, and more. If you have some creative inclinations, I would encourage you to take part in something like this. You don't necessarily have to take part in this particular one, but I encourage you to create more stuff. Step away from the consumer end of the consumer spectrum. In fact, strive to step away from the consumer spectrum completely.