I spent a lot of time last year on Pinterest looking for inspiration and appreciating people’s creativity and willingness to share their ideas, knowledge, experience. This is how I got the idea of making last year’s Christmas gifts, handmade items for all my family and friends, and I have to tell you, this idea was a success, especially because I am not exactly handy when it comes to using my hands for creative stuff.
This entire experience made me realize lots of things about myself, about my limits, about my strengths and my so called weaknesses. I learned that I can be very creative when it comes to ideas, and I really need someone else to do the actual work with the hands, I learned to appreciate the effort that is put in making little things, I learned that perseverance can make you do those things that seem imposible, but it takes a lot of time and effort to actually excel in that area. So, my conclusion was that hand made stuff are very cool and as long as I do not expect to make a living out of it, I am safe :), however, it was an amazing experience.
But the most valuable learning for me was realising that I wouldn’t have discovered all these if I wouldn’t have been at least a bit curious and even more, pushing this curiosity to actually doing those little hand made items myself. Additionally, I started to appreciate the positive influence of a hobby in my life; of course I am still experimenting and I am not yet decided what or how this hobby will look like, I am not trying the sawing machine and tailoring :D but it’s a process, and must say an enjoyable one.
So, for those of you who are still browsing, not knowing what your calling is, not knowing what to do with your life, stuck in a job you do not enjoy, working long hours and spending the free time sleeping, my advice is take the time to find a hobby, to explore new sides of life, be open to learning from others and do not impose limits upon yourself. You might be surprised, you might find a true passion, you might discover your vocation and in the meantime, have lots of fun in the process!