Let’s talk about this…
I’m making a granny square blanket. I’m actually doing it pretty quickly, but it’s a repetitive task and ‘quickly’ means it’ll be done in a month or so. I LOVE doing things that take a bit of time. I understand, though, that not everyone is like me. Some people just can not be bothered to do ‘slow’ stuff, because it’s… well… slow!
I think they’re cheating themselves.
I think slow is rad. I think it’s really great to just chip away at a task and watch things evolve and slowly get done. To do this, you’ve got to get started, commit to the process and ritual, learn to love the doing as much as the result. As you work away, the repetitive, methodical doing and the ‘sticking at it’ are actually working their magic in your body. They are teaching you things about yourself and creating a bubble where ideas and thoughts and new movements, styles and skills can start to freely flow.
Some people are impatient and that impatience means they can miss out on these really valuable slow-down rewards. They’re skipping ahead all the time, not tackling the things that seem plodding because they’re not willing to commit the time. They’re so focused on the ‘done’ that they’ve not considered important gains like experience and artistry and the meditative pleasure of repetition.
Doing things that take a while, that take persistence and a bit of mettle is one of life’s great pleasures (to me!)
How about you? Does slow stuff make you feel frustrated or are you all about it?
PS: I think I’m going to make 80 squares and then crochet them together