Thursday, July 21, 2011

Thursday Thoughts - Pursue Your Passion

What are you passionate about?  It can be hard to identify the things you truly enjoy when society is constantly telling you what's "in" or "popular." 

I used to be intimidated about tatting because there are some extremely talented tatters out there and I felt I just didn't measure up.  After a few disappointments in entering our state fair's competition, I tucked my shuttles and thread away.

Today I saw a news story that inspired me.  A 12 year-old boy is designing a a dress for First Lady Michelle Obama.  This kid loves what he does and you can imagine all the taunting and teasing he has endured. He is now an apprentice to a designer and most likely well on his way to a wonderful career.

My son told me about a friend who has a shop on Etsy and is selling like crazy.  Most of what she sells is stuff for fans of Harry Potter. She doesn't cross the line into copyright infringement, so that is good, but she is relying on a current fad.  There's nothing wrong with that, but it's definitely not for me.  Her wands and sweaters are selling well now, but they will fade away with the end of the series of books and movies. She will eventually have to find another trend to follow.

By choosing to pursue the items we are passionate about making, we are choosing long term success over short term popularity. My hubby has been working with leather a lot lately.  His creations will stand the test of time with their classic looks. My favorites are his "magic braid" earrings. The leather isn't slit clear through to the end, so it takes magic to make the braid.  He tops them off with a metal feather or arrowhead and they look fantastic.

I'm okay with not being "popular" because I love what I create and I believe we have very beautiful items in our shop. What are you passionate about?

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