Make, Do and Mend Away!
There is something really gratifying about making your own clothes or fixing a thing that is broken…even if you’re not very good at it! For me, it’s about the adventure of trying and the sense of accomplishment that I get when something goes right!
Aside from the personal rewards, however, making, mending and supporting the handmade “movement” as it’s being called has a deeper and more meaningful impact. It is a way for us to connect with these objects and things that we buy and take true ownership of them. It is a way for us to connect back to our ancestors and our immediate family members–this thing that we call a “movement” used to just be a way of life for them. Reconnecting with those roots, in a world that is overrun with technology that does everything for us and demands that every bit of our time be sucked up by cell phones and gadgets and the drive to own more things of impermanence is absolutely crucial to our fundamental well-being.
Taking the time to fix something and breathe new life and style into it, or supporting artists who uphold those value systems isn’t just a way to save money or have a new novelty in the home–it’s a way to center ourselves and bring something grounded and solid into our lives that are constantly trying to rush by.
So, the next time you have a snow day or a lazy Sunday, maybe you will opt to put the smartphone away, turn off the TV and dig out whatever thing it is that you’ve been holding on to that just needs some attention and repair.
I think you’ll find that the rewards far outweigh the fear or failure or the seemingly insurmountable “hassle”.
Let me know what things you do in your life that are handmade and that you take pride in! I’d love to hear about it!