Check out this sweet piece of artwork by Will Bryant: I make stuff because I get sad if I don't.
Just the other day I was thinking about why I make stuff. I was shocked to realize I've only been a stuff-maker for the past four years. Before that I was doing silly 20-something things with my friends, wandering around, dating jerks and feeling pretty empty. And before that, my artistic talents were never really encouraged. They weren't discouraged, more like left to their own devices.
The making of stuff came on gradually. I started dating Ian who is decidedly not a jerk. He gave me all the space I needed to figure out who I really was. And, it turns out, I'm a maker. I'm a doer. I'm a problem solver. I look at things and think: I can make that, I can fix that, I can turn that into something beautiful.
After four years of making things, I don't think I could ever not be a maker. This is who I am, this is how my brain works. There are infinite possibilities in life when you have the power to turn things into other things.
I make stuff because I get sad if I don't. I make stuff because there is no other path for me.
Why do you make stuff?