Today I walked to the Westside Pavilion, which is the nearest mall to me. I walked throughout Barnes and Noble and came upon a book called, Shop Class as Soulcraft, by Matthew Crawford. Now, for a few years I have had the urge to learn how to build furniture from scratch. I have been frustrated by the high cost of crap furniture. I want to have a beautifully made bed that is a reasonable price. I saw this book and began to read how the author, who is Harvard educated and a P.H.D. to boot changed his lifestyle and opened his own plumbing and car mechanic shops. From the jacket of the book, the author explains that he gets a lot more joy, use of his brain cells and human interaction as a "lowly" plumber, but he also argues that there is nothing embarrassing about knowing a trade.
Along, with my interest in learning wood work, I have also wanted to get back into sewing, knitting and croqueting. I have never croqueted in my life that I can remember but there is something of a dead art in such things. I would love to know how to use a sewing machine expertly and design my own pillows. I found a Sewing Center in my neighborhood. I haven't looked into it yet, but it is something I would like to explore. As I get older, I find that I want to do things with my hands, I find that being in front of a computer all day, or being on my feet all day aren't as fulfilling as creating something. A few days ago, I helped Jen put together a drawing table she bought for her room and I realized how much I enjoyed putting it together. It wasn't difficult, it was soothing. Plus, Jen and I were able to work talking or not talking, but either way the table came out really good. When it was done there was a sense of accomplishment.
I'm not sure what I am searching for, but I hope that in the end I feel like I accomplished something of importance to me personally. I find that a lot of the things I have accomplished were for the benefit of others and not me, so when I look back at the accomplishments I don't feel the sense of pride I think one should feel with their accomplishments.
Until tomorrow. Take care and be safe.
All my love,