Do you know the rules? #makevember no.6
What do you think of when you think of rules? Rules is school rules… something to be broken? But really for most people, really, almost everyone likes rules.
We like rules so much we actually make up rules that don’t exist. We do this almost instantly that we’re faced with an idea or concept. We instantaneously populate it with rules, we do this subconsciously, we don’t know we are doing it, but we do it all the same.
I am sure there are some very good evolutionary reason why we love rules so much. Rules are essentially the backbone of civilisation, they are what make our standard of living (in the western industrialised world) many times better than they were even 50 years ago, continued improvement and revision of the rules. Rules, rule.
But here’s an odd thing. When there are some real rules, some actual “these are the rules” type rules we generally DON’T read them, but we DO line up a load of rules for ourselves anyway. I’m pretty sure you can all think of a time you were dealing with someone who was working to a totally different set of or interpretation of “the rules” you were working to. Obviously the rules YOU were working to, were the correct ones, right?
Something I see often with #makevember is people asking “Does this count?” because they want to know if they are within the rules. Try telling someone they aren’t within the rules (of anything) when they think they are though and they’ll argue till they’re blue about what the rules are and why something they do is inside the rules.
The rules for #makevember are pretty vague and here is a little secret, if you break them, nothing, literally nothing, will happen and you’ll be fine. I want you to go and look at #Inktober2018 and see how many posts YOU think are within “the rules”?
But more importantly I want you to realise that the rules are just in your head, you made them up, or copied them from something else and just as you made them up, you can also make up new ones and even break them.
For most creative endeavours and making there really are no rules, only the ones you’ve made up yourself, so change some. Its when we move outside of our self imposed rules that truly new and exciting things happen.
Daily makevember Blog No.6