I’m not going to lie to you, I have been using my super powers of distraction again! I don’t know what is wrong with me at the moment, I have a lot of energy and drive and focus, but right now,, it just isn’t being directed at theatre or arts work!
Maybe I feel a bit like I have hit a brick wall for the moment with all that, so instead of “wasting” my energy I am using it to physically and visibly achieve something. You know, there is nothing like analysing yourself, realising you’ve hit the nail on the head, and then still having no idea what to do about it. Anyway…
The drive that I do have seems to be directed here, and at learning new things and taking on new challenges, so I decided it was time I learnt to sew.
Sewing is something I’ve always felt like I should know how to do. I spend hours reading craft blogs, dream of customising, er, everything (I’ve even started a pinterest board for it) and Mamma J is a bit of a pro stitcher herself.
I literally spent all day yesterday cutting out patterns, learning little techniques and slowly but surely piecing together a dress. Once I got over my slight frustration at just how many times Mamma J told me “you need to tease the material” (still not entirely sure what that means) I felt like I had accomplished something, like I had improved, and I almost have a dress to prove it! Hey, this sewing business takes time!
This physical sense of achievement is exactly what I have been missing, and craving, on my whole following the dream thing. In theatre, a lot of the time, hours, even months, of hard work can go by without having anything concrete to show for it. Well, you have a show to show for it I guess, but that can be performed in an hour and sometimes afterwards you can feel a little flat.
I’m in that “now what?”slump I’m sure everyone, who has ever completed a big project, or got to the top of their first mountain, can relate to.
Sewing, or taking on anything new, isn’t like that.
Learning to sew has a whole set of skills to it, that range in difficulty, I just have to jump from one set onto the next. There is a pattern for me to follow, and a dress when I get to the end of it. A dress that I can wear, show off, change, alter customise, or throw away completely.
What I need to remember is that the same can be said for my show, for theatre, for performing, for writing, for almost anything creative. Alterations can be made and new skills can be learnt, even when you have been doing something for years!
Sometimes it is important to try a new challenge or pick up a new hobby, it reminds you of your ability to learn and your capacity to achieve. Spending a day at a sewing machine has done that for me, I just need to make sure that I don’t get too distracted by new patterns, zipper techniques and sparkly buttons!
Has trying something new ever helped you reach a breakthrough in something else? Live life and drink tea x
Ps. I used the whole day as an excuse to practice getting into the habit of taking photos and editing them. I’m toying with the idea of investing in a fancy camera but need to justify it first, what do you think?