We were created to create.
We were made to be the makers, to advance ourselves and our societies with our hands and brains.
Bakers bake breads and treats; farmers plant, harvest and distribute food to feed the world. Writers hammer out stories to delight and scare us; they produce pieces to reveal lies and highlight good. Designers envision plans for our cities, furniture for our rooms, products for our lives and graphics to please our eyes. Engineers put the pieces together to make things that move us and house us and protect us.
When we stop creating, our evolution as a society halts. We must always be teaching ourselves to build and learn, to fail and fix and succeed. Our children must be encouraged to tinker and doodle and find better ways of doing the things we take for granted each day. The best makers are never content with what they’ve done — they look at a hand-hewn chair and see a better angle, a more durable material that could be used. They make and remake and delight in the process.
We must be self-reliant and driven. The urge to create is almost primal, a deep ache to be useful. The cerebral creator is no less important than the literal one — our societies are just as enriched by writing, art, music, design, math and philosophy as buildings, objects, products and infrastructure. Physical creations are born from ideas, after all, and anything engineered relies on math and physics.
The important thing is that we are unafraid of making mistakes. Design and production is trial and error, and we don’t succeed until we know what fails. Healthy creation is an iterative process.
All this to say, do not be content with what you have. Seek out problems, brainstorm solutions and be bold enough to find a way to make your idea a reality. Creating is cathartic; let it drain you so that you can be filled again.