Making is fundamental to what it means to be human. We were made to make, create, and express ourselves to feel whole. There is something holy about making physical things and giving our creation over to others.
Sharing what you have made and what you know about making with others is the method by which a maker’s feeling of wholeness is possible. You cannot make and not share.
There are few things more selfless and satisfying than giving away something you have made. The act of making requires giving a small piece of self. Offering that to someone else is a form of communion with another. This is how we feel the richness of being alive.
You must learn in order to make. You must always seek to learn more about your making. You may become a journeyman or master craftsman, but you will still learn, want to learn, and push yourself to learn new techniques, materials, and processes. Building a lifelong learning path ensures a rich and rewarding making life and, importantly, enables one to share.
Be playful with what you are making. We were created to be joyful in our journey toward wholeness. You will be surprised, excited, and humbled by what you discover as you explore the playground of making.
This is a movement, and it requires emotional, intellectual, financial, political, and institutional support. We are the caretakers for a world waiting hopefully to be renewed, and we are responsible for striving for a better future.
Embrace the change that will naturally occur as you go through your maker journey. Since making is fundamental to what it means to be human, you will become a more authentic version of you as you make.