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I Want To Create Things

Posted: November 15th, 2011 | Author: | No Comments »

I’m not an innovator. I’m not an inventor. I’m the last person on Earth who would ask, “you know what would make this easier?” and then answer myself with something never before thought of.

I just don’t think that way.

But I’d like to.

I’d like to create things. I’d like to come up with the next Twitter to change the way we communicate, or the flying car to change the way we move. I’d like to invent some sort of device that allows us to interact with the world more and better. But I’m no Steve Jobs.

At least I know that. I’m a writer. I craft messages and tell stories. But I’d like to do more.

I’m not going to invent something to rival twitter or to fly from place to place, and I’m certainly not going to redesign the MacBook Air or the iPhone. But I’m trying to open myself up to that kind of thinking. I recently bought a Wacom tablet because I’m trying to make my writing more visual. I’m enrolling in drawing classes because I want to think in doodles, not outlines. I’m paying more attention to creators than I am writers, because I want them to help shape the way I think.

We don’t have to be creators or writers or any other one thing. And we don’t have to be everything. But when we know there’s something beyond what we see on a daily basis, we gain from knowing that we’re not the best we can possibly be yet.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

I need to create something before I sleep.

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