I want you to be bad at Makevember #makevember no.1
Today has been a long day with quite a lot of driving. I have a headache and a back ache and I’m hungry, because I’m trying to make better food choices and no, I do not want to do a Makevember today. Or at least I don’t want to show you some half-baked quick pile of rubbish and pretend it’s something I’m happy about putting out as MY makevember… What that tells me is that there is a disconnect for me between what I think makevember should be about for you and what I think MY makevembers are about for me.
Take this blog post for instance. I want to revise and rewrite and revise and check it and sense check it. What might happen is, I’ll think its too long or that I’ve not made my point well or given a good example or that my sentences are too long, I worry that I don’t have just the perfect picture to put up with it (I’m very visual). But most of all I worry that no-one will read it.
I see all the tweets and instagram posts tagged with #Makevember and I sometimes see people saying stuff like. ‘I did this but its not a good makevember”. But here is the thing. I want you to do BAD makevembers.
In this time of always connected social media, we have become very used to seeing into other people’s lives. We see their witty tweets, their glamourous Instagram posts and their achievements on Facebook. When we share our own lives we have become very proficient at self editing. We are show the stuff that was important or significant to us, we choose pictures that are the most flattering to our egos and sometimes we airbrush ourselves with filters and better camera angles. We do the same when we make.
Makevember is about shedding the barrier that stop us making, constraints of time (we are ALL busy), constraints of place and the constraints of what is finished and what is good enough that we’ll expose ourselves by sharing it.
Consider that we all start by being bad. We have to do a lot of bad at something to be good at something, the only difference with makevember is I want you to share it. So please, don’t say to yourself I don’t have time or this isn’t good enough. Failure is a big part of makemeber. I’d rather see hundreds of bad makevembers than any number of perfectly executed ones. Whilst well crafted projects are inspiring they are also just a form of pornography. An unrealistic dreamed of life that we try to hold ourselves up to but find ourselves wanting to match. So please, set yourself a time limit and just make something.
Daily makevember Blog No.1