This is assigned reading for all of us who have felt that shame, that sneaking suspicion that if we were really a decent friend / girlfriend / wife / mother / all of the above, we'd be waltzing through life with glue gun in one hand and the secret to happiness in the other.
*waits patiently for you to complete homework*
Of course, we're all about the Pretty here - and the inappropriate use of the royal "We", of course. I've even had the odd crafty moment or two myself. That being said, I wonder if all of this online admiring isn't creating a phantom sense of shame when we already have enough Friend / Wife / Mama Guilt to go around? After all, who are we trying to impress - our loved ones, or the internet?
|That magnet board to Master P's right comprises one of my rare - as in, endangered species never spotted in wild rare - moments of craftitude.|
Show of hands - who has a child who has protested his/her birthday party because it wasn't Pinterest- worthy? Had dinner guests who promptly left your house when they discovered you hadn't lovingly whipped up a seven-course, homemade, organic, gluten-free fun-free meal? A husband who left you because you haven't organized your accessories in picture perfect ROYGBIV order?
This isn't meant to be snarky at those of you for whom Pretty party planning & such are a joy, not one bit. Not not not, you can't make me, nanny nanny boo boo! When I'm not busy feeling inferior to your creative prowess, I'm inspired by it, pinky swear. It's wonderful that you whip up gorgeous meals, or interior design, or however it is you get creative, and occasionally I enjoy following your crafty lead.
It's just that I want to encourage the rest of us, the ones who aren't the creative whizzes lighting up Pinterest or Facebook, to take it easy on ourselves. Maybe we're good at something else - overpacking and racking up student loans, in my case - that isn't so flashily internet-worthy. Maybe we're taking the time we'd spend fussing over details only we or the Interwebs would notice and devoting those to family or another hobby that nourishes us. Maybe we all are contributing in our own ways.
Put a Pin in *that*, why don't you?