I spend a lot of time on the computer. Too much time. I depend on computers, and am the first to sing their praises, but I still recognize that this dependency can be a little much. Granted, a good portion of the time I spend staring at a screen is working: I spend a lot of time writing, or drawing, or working on my blog… but the amount of time I spend surfing social media sites and looking at cat videos is probably too much for one person.
Then I discovered a project: Step away from the screen and make something. The creator of the project, Laurie, explained that it was designed “to change my relationship with screens. To make my time on the screen more mindful. And less mindless. To spend more time creating, and less time curating. To use screens more responsibly.” She set two goals for herself, the first being “to MAKE something every month in 2013. A real thing. A thing you can touch. Or stand in front of. At least one thing per month. If I made more, awesome. But at a minimum, I had to produce at least one real thing — something not digital — at least 12 times that year. Twelve projects in twelve months.”
While I’m starting this more than halfway through the year, I believe it’s better to start late than not at all. So, without further ado, here’s a bit of what I’ve been working on.
I’ve recently gotten into journaling, and above are pages centered around two Van Gogh quotes that really spoke to me.
Laurie learned that “making things is just as addicting as screens,” that creating things “generates its own kind of energy,” and that when people saw you making things, they were drawn in and wanted to participate. After creating things, I felt calmer. Happier. More like myself, which is sometimes hard to achieve in the midst of my depression. I hope to keep this project up, and I hope that I might even inspire a few of you to join me. I think it will be worth it.
I have no idea what I'm doing.