Yesterday afternoon, I donned my mask and ventured into the local Menard’s home improvement big box store. I needed a can of drywall primer paint, some paint roller covers, and a few other items. I managed to find the items quickly.
While the gallon can of paint was on the shaker machine, I chatted with the clerk who helped me select the paint. It turns out that he is building a patio deck on his home. We discussed our frustration about the wet spring and the sudden onslaught of summer-like heat this month. The weather has caused a lot of delays in our plans. We laughed about the normal inconvenience of Nebraska weather.
Meantime, both of us have other projects that are also keeping us busy. The clerk is in the process of repainting the guest bedroom in his house. I’m doing some miscellaneous fixing up around my house. So we’re good to go during the pandemic.
After the paint can shaker stopped, I placed the can into the shopping cart and wheeled towards the check-out lanes. I observed the other shoppers and made mental notes of what their carts contained. Some were heaped high with carpentry materials, others contained a few plumbing accessories, others had assortments of various tools and building supply products for DIY and professional projects. There were a lot of Northeast Nebraskans picking materials up for their projects.
It looks like home improvement stores will enjoy a thriving business climate for the foreseeable future. This is probably true for hobby and crafting brick and mortar stores along with on line merchants as well. This makes perfect sense, because so many of us are spending nearly all of our time at home these days. When we get tired of watching teevee, twiddling fingers, and killing time, people crave creative activities. There is a universe of stuff we want to make or fix.
While surfing the Web, I notice more videos relating to creative pursuits. Cooking channels are offering more tips on how to prepare fancy meals using readily available ingredients. Child oriented videos teach kids how to build fun toys and gadgets. Automotive channels have been around for years, but now they have been gaining new viewers. People are posting collaborative music videos. Athletes are working out. Writers are composing literature. Gardeners are gardening. Artists are painting, and photographers are shooting photographs. If it’s possible, we’re doing it.
Regardless of what we do to make a living or as a past-time, making stuff is a constructive way of making life more bearable. Making stuff or practicing an art or tinkering are ways towards personal growth. Trying new ways of making stuff can help us experience life from new points of view. Regardless of how badly or how well our projects end up we grow up a little more. The process of trial and error keeps our minds and dexterity sharper.
Meantime, individuality is expressed in our activities. We enjoy making what interests us. Regardless of the inner source of our creativity, making stuff brings us joy.
Have fun making something today.