Making is fundamental to what it means to be human. We
must make, create, and express ourselves to feel whole.
There is something unique about making physical things.
These things are like little pieces of us and seem to embody
portions of our souls.
Sharing what you have made and what you know about
making with others is the method by which a maker’s feeling
of wholeness is achieved. You cannot make and not share.
There are few things more selfless and satisfying than giving
away something you have made. The act of making puts a
small piece of you in the object. Giving that to someone else
is like giving someone a small piece of yourself. Such things
are often the most cherished items we possess.
You must learn to make. You must always seek to learn more
about your making. You may become a journeyman or master
craftsman, but you will still learn, want to learn, and push
yourself to learn new techniques, materials, and processes.
Building a lifelong learning path ensures a rich and rewarding
making life and, importantly, enables one to share.
You must have access to the right tools for the project at
hand. Invest in and develop local access to the tools you
need to do the making you want to do. The tools of making
have never been cheaper, easier to use, or more powerful.
Be playful with what you are making, and you will be surprised,
excited, and proud of what you discover.
Join the Maker Movement and reach out to those around
you who are discovering the joy of making. Hold seminars,
parties, events, maker days, fairs, expos, classes, and dinners
with and for the other makers in your community.
This is a movement, and it requires emotional, intellectual,
financial, political, and institutional support. The best hope
for improving the world is us, and we are responsible for
making a better future.
Embrace the change that will naturally occur as you go
through your maker journey. Since making is fundamental
to what it means to be human, you will become a more complete
version of you as you make.