If it were easy, everyone would be doing it.
John Kennedy perhaps put it best here when he talked about going to the moon.
There are times when we dream those big dreams and they become a lot bigger in terms of getting them to completion than we had hoped. Or Life Happens and we wind up dealing with stuff that we hadn't expected.
We dare to dream, anyway. And we work to make them happen.
Take weaving. When we first begin, it may seem like it's a huge big dream to get something usable off the loom.
But humans have been playing with fibre and string for thousands of years. Our ancestors needed string to carry parcels. They needed something to keep themselves warm - what better than have an animal donate their fibre to the cause? Because once you've figured out how to make string, you can then take that string and loop or interlace it together to make a textile.
Weaving isn't particularly 'easy' - if it was everyone would still be doing it. Weaving is labour intensive. It takes up huge swathes of time. If you also harvest and spin the fibre, it takes even longer.
It isn't 'easy' insofar as you get results quickly. But neither is it particularly difficult if you learn how the fibre behaves, how spinning it can modify the characteristics of the fibre, then how to get those yarns to work together as one.
We did it for generations upon generations. And we still do it now.
If we take the time. If we invest in doing it as well as we can.
There are many things in life that are not 'easy'. But they are worth it. When you find your happy place, when you find what makes your heart beat stronger, your curiosity to be engaged? It is worth it.
I find designing and creating textiles satisfying and fulfilling. Teaching others means that the craft that I love will continue on, into the next generations.
It is why I write. It is why I teach. It is why I have organized conferences.
I was 12 years old when Kennedy gave this famous speech. I don't doubt that it was in some way inspiring to me to think about tackling the hard things. To aspire to increase knowledge. To do something, not because it was easy, but because it was hard.
Yes, I have failed at times. But every failure has brought more knowledge. And while I don't like failing, I do recognize that sometimes you need to find out how to not do something.
And so - conferences. They are challenging. They are inspiring. They are 'hard' because of all the details. But they are also so much more than the sum of their parts.
We are in the dark days of winter winding down. It is February, shortest month of the year. Whoever made it so knew what they were doing! It will very soon be spring and the deadline to register for the ANWG conference here will be coming up very quickly. Take a look at what is being offered. Expand your horizons, or dig deeper into something you would like to know more about. Sign up by clicking on the big blue Register Here button, Then on the Green 'tickets' button. Some things are beginning to fill up. I suggest you sign up sooner rather than later.
And come see us in June!