This is one of those wanky reflective posts that bloggers are wont to write, but I’m going to write it anyway…!
Recently I was interviewed about craft and the things I do. When I know that I am going to be interviewed, I start to think a lot about my life, because I want to be sure I get the right message across, that I say the right thing. I don’t mean that I seek to polish my message, practice my lines or shine up my spin. I mean that I need to ask myself what the heck I am doing with my life and try to come up with an answer that is un-stupid, true and ‘me’.
A lot of what I do, when I am being me, seems quite random. It’s stumbling forward and trying the things that look shiniest or trickiest or most delicious or sweet-smelling, without tripping out of my clogs. I don’t reflect on the whys too much. I just like to improve, do things, try things, learn how, see what it looks like, that kinda thing.
As I spoke to the journalist lady, after all that thinking, the whys became a little clearer. I realised that it is important for me to do INTERESTING things. I think being interesting is important. I’m all about it, in an aspiring way. It’s where I want to be.
I guess this seems kind of obvious, right? Well, it’s not always obvious to me. It’s easy to get lost in the uninteresting, the boring, the must-dos and the obliged. For best life results, circuit-break with some interesting.
In my usual conscientious way, as a student of interesting, I can’t stop reading about cluey types, clever eccentrics, loopy geniuses, heartbreaking creatives, inspiring minxes. I am compelled to look for anyone out of the ordinary when I leave my house (which is possibly most people, so it takes a lot of time.) I am convinced the world is full of great stories, fresh ideas and big moments waiting to unfold (or small ones, even!) I want to be part of that.
I don’t want to be there on my own though. Nope. Interesting doesn’t work like that for me. For me, interesting things and people hang in creative bunches (think GRAPES!), sparking MORE interesting ideas, acts and moments of inspiration.
If you go and stand near someone interesting, and open your eyes and ears, you’ll almost certainly get a tiny dusting of their cleverness, enough to spark something fresh and new in you.
And that’s the most important part of this whole post.
As this year draws to a close, that’s pretty much my number one reflection and resolution:
Try to do interesting things, remembering that interestingness loves company.
Seek out that company, find your bunch (think GRAPES!) and remember to share the interesting bits of you, too.
At the very least, stand next to interesting and see how that sparky dust makes you feel.
2013 shall be The Year Of Interestingness.
How do you feel about that?!