Build something awesome, is the message I have been sharing for years with everyone. A simple message of encouragement expressing my belief in people and their ability to be creative.
I have raised six children and they have all grown up to be very different from each other, some are parents, some are military and some are career focused but the one thing they all share like everyone else is creativity. I can remember the projects they would bring home from elementary school, like the Christmas tree ornaments we hang on the tree every year made from popsicle sticks they cut and glued together to create a tobogan even adding cotton balls for the snow. A creative mind is an amazing thing that should be allowed it's direction and set free to build something awesome as small children often do.
Children do not understand the I can not do that mentality to them there is nothing they can not build or make, they are only limited by their imagination and that imagination in use builds amazing things.
I think as the adult grows out of the child everything becomes over evaluated, and the adult looks at something like a Sam Maloof rocking chair and sets that as a measurement for what they should be able to create stopping them from even trying for fear of not achieving this measurement they have created for themselfs, and to me this train of thought is silly at best. I have built a few rocking chairs and I'm relatively sure they were not at the level of a Sam Maloof but I never let this prevent me from building the next one or even from attemping my first one for that matter.
For me it's simple, if you can imagine it you can build it and age or experience has nothing to do with anyones abiltiy to atemp to build anything. Maybe it's not a Sam Maloof but what it is is so much greater then that it's yours, you imagined it you created it and you built it and to me that is awesome not the finished project, the finished project is the reward that is deservingly earned. Don't ever measure your abilities with anyone else or what they can do, just do what you do and let your creativity guide you and you will build something awesome.
- Tommy P
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