The Significance of the "Maker"

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I had the recent pleasure of an engaging conversation with Anne Cecil of the Kindred Soles podcast. Of the many interesting topics we discussed, one that particularly stood out to me was the significance of “the maker” and learning specific skills that tap into our creativity. We have hopefully learned a number of valuable life lessons during the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, including things that do and do not matter in the overall scheme of things. While people equipped with the skill of sewing have benefited in a variety of ways, such as making much needed masks, the benefits of such a skill reach far beyond the financial. 

During this time of anxiety, despair and loss for many, artisans have been able to share their joy and talents to help themselves and others in meaningful ways. Even those who previously did not know how to sew were able to acquire a new skill that could help themselves and others in need.

The relevance of crafts such as sewing, knitting, crocheting, cooking etc cannot be overstated. 

Anne recalled the days when home economics and other creative disciplines were infused in the school curriculum. While reading, writing and arithmetic are vital, they do not make a well-rounded individual. 

From my own experience and the accounts of women close to me, having the ability to create something with your own hands allows you to tap into your creative juices, release stressful energy, receive fulfillment by providing personalized and meaningful gifts to others and even increase one’s financial independence. Instructors, teachers and loved ones who impart such knowledge have the ability to shape the trajectory of others’ lives in an enduring way.

Let us encourage and advocate for a well-rounded education. Let us share our creative talents with others who express an interest, regardless of age. Let us use our talents for the benefit of self and others. 

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