A few days ago, Lauren Modeen sent out a tweet that got me thinking:
For 2012, I am not doing resolutions. Instead, I will have a theme. Last year my theme was focus…thinking of my theme for this year.
— Lauren Modeen (@exilauren) December 29, 2011
I mulled it over and decided on my theme for the coming year: make.
I made a lot of things in 2011—most of them edible. [Holla challah.]
In 2012, I want to make more things that will last longer than a meal. I want to make more poems, more photographs, more lists. I want to make necklaces and short stories, essays and dresses, herb gardens and travel itineraries. I want to make my own dishes and write my own code.
I have a longer-term list of things I want to do in life, and it struck me recently that most of them could also be classed as ‘making things,’ with a heavy emphasis on curation and collection rather than “pure” creation. I want to write biographies, make documentaries, edit anthologies, teach good books. For the first time [finally], I feel like my daily impulses are feeding my grand desires.
So here’s to launching into a year of making awesome things. Now all I need is a good theme song.