About a week ago, I happened to stumble across a project called #the100dayproject on Instagram. The looked further into the origins of this project and I discovered that it all began just over a year ago, a lady by the name of Elle Luna, hit publish on a post she titled “The Crossroads of Should and Must.”
Her post described the two paths called “Should” and “Must”. Should is the safe and expected route each of us should take i.e. you should have an education, you should have a 9-5 job, you should settle down and be a house wife, you should bring up kids etc etc. This “Should” route is the exact opposite of your “Must” route. Your must route is your calling. Your passion. Something that is wild, dangerous, exciting and fulfils you. Your must ditch your 9-5 job and pursue your own business. You must continue writing that novel, you must become a musician etc etc. The post continues and wrestles with all the doubts that will fill you and stop you from swaying onto the must route and swaying from the must route, back onto the should route.
It’s a captivating post (and one that landed Elle a book deal, woohoo!) and what she wrote particularly resonated with me, because I feel like I have jumped onto my must route, ever since I left my 9am – 11pm (on a very bad day) job in 2013. I can empathise and understand that although the future is uncertain about my new career path as a jewellery maker and designer, at least I can say I am living life the way I want to and giving my passion a go. I won’t regret waking up at 40 and regretting that I “didn’t give it a go.” Life is the here and now, so I am choosing to be present.
If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you may have seen the posts I’ve been contributing towards my project under the hashtag #100DaysOfCreativeMagicByGeometricSkies. It’s my little project to push me to do something creative with the shop everyday and to be kept accountable to it. In the past, I have always found a reason not to do something (even if it’s small) to help grow my shop, so I’m hoping that this project will give me the kick up the bum I sorely need. #The100dayproject is headed up by @elleluna and @greatdiscontent and aims to get makers to create something for 100 consecutive days. Often, the hardest step to achieving anything is taking the first step – so this project will hopefully give you a motivational boost and an opportunity to create something everyday, share it and be supported and inspired by the wider creative community who are also participating in this project.
The best thing is, is that it doesn’t matter if whatever you make isn’t perfect (perfection is overrated.) Often beauty in art is discovered by accident, or comes about by a mistake. As long as you just keep working and keep doing, not only will your skills improve, but also at the end you’d have built up a body of work and you’re a few steps closer to your goal or hopefully have achieved your goal!
So what are you waiting for? This is the kick up the bum that you’ve been waiting for, so join me and participate in the project! If you want to read more about the project, do so here: #The100DayProject.