As I wrote in my last post, I’ve felt particularly uninspired recently. All my projects, that usually fill me with enthusiasm, have left me feeling uninspired and rather empty. The result: I’ve been a bit of a couch potato, watching far too much TV. Usually a bit of a waste of time in my opinion. But one of those programmes, came made me feel inspired again. Kevin McCloud, whose programme Grand Designs is one of the few things on TV that I consider really worth watching, has a new show: Kevin McCloud’s Man Made Home. Basically, he is building himself a glorified shed in a beautiful bit of countryside.
No, I’m not inspired to buy my own bit of woodland, saw down a tree and start constructing a shed (though a little den to hang out in would be nice!) But I am inspired by a sentence that Kevin said.
It was over in a flash, so I am not quoting exactly. But I think it went something like this: “It’s about making and doing, not buying and consuming!”
I am as fond as the next person of buying and consuming. Just this week, four books have come from Amazon to add to my ever-expanding collection. Most of which I never read or have read once and won’t open again. Just before the summer, you might remember my rather exciting personal shopper trip at John Lewis and the image make-over? I daren’t add up what I spent on clothes, hair and make-up that week!
But buying and consuming don’t leave me feeling particularly inspired at a time when life feels a bit empty and I’m lacking inspiration. Making and doing definitely do. There is nothing quite like just getting on and doing something. There is nothing quite like making something from scratch.
So when I’m feeling fed up, instead of switching on Come Dine With Me and curling up on the sofa with a mug of tea and my furry blanket, I’m going to make something or do something instead.