Do something amazing everyday

I don’t usually use this blog as a platform for self expression but I wanted to take a few moments out to talk about something thats been on my mind recently.

It’s easy sometimes to sit back and think that your life isn’t really very remarkable, the day to day living often gets in the way of what makes your life so amazing. From picking up apples in the greengrocers to brushing your teeth every morning its that routine that makes us so complacent.

Sometimes I think throwing pots is quite ordinary, but it’s not. I just think its normal because I do it all the time, don’t get me wrong I love that thrill of creating something really beautiful and that moment of peeking into the kiln door excites me. What I mean is I don’t think my life is noteworthy because I live in it.

When I’m sitting there behind the wheel I wonder if I met my ancestors what would they think of me, would they be proud that I chose to do something so old fashioned? Or would they be ashamed that I wasn’t out there in a fast car burning it up in lifes fast lane?

Maybe its time you celebrated the everyday, what do you do thats really amazing?

This Sunday you can come meet me in person at the Ryhope Pumping Station in Sunderland from 10am. The Pumping Station will be open and its quite fascinating to have a look around, there’ll also be a classic car rally so I’m hoping to take a few interesting pictures. See you there!

6 thoughts on “Do something amazing everyday

  1. Joseph says:

    Thoughts like this have been on my mind a lot recently, been thinking about my ancestors and what they would think of me.

    I come from blacksmiths and builders on one side and on the other from soldiers, tanners and cotton millers and back to weavers before the mills opened.

    I don’t know if they would be proud of me.

    I always think of myself as an intermediate thrower, which sometimes I translate that to average, it is only when I teach adults I realise that average isn’t a very good description.

  2. Konnie Kapow! says:

    I too have been thinking about this a lot lately. Particularly because Mr K and I have been doing a lot of family tree research. Both my grandfathers had died by the time I was born and often in times of reflection like this I wonder what they would have thought of me.

    I tell you what though, without wanting to sound like an old biddy, I’m sure that they would be proud that you were doing something creative and beautiful rather than playing computer games all day or something like that. There are so many wasteful things to do in my opinion that the creative life is the high life!


  3. Victoria says:

    It’s odd I don’t really know who my ancestors were much, maybe thats why I’ve been thinking about it so often! Doing some family tree research is something I’ve thought about doing a few times, it’d be interesting to know who they were and what they did.

    From what I know of my family though most of them were hard laborers rather than craftspeople, although sometimes theres that blurring between crafts and skills.

  4. Maimy says:

    I think it’s a tough call, because in the past making stuff was less of a choice, more of a necessity. I guess our ancestors would be saying “what’s the big deal?”! 😛 But given that to get by these days, you need only fill in a form to claim benefits … I think they’d be proud. And you should be proud.

    Oh I’d love to trace my family tree one day, I know vaguely I have ancestors from all parts of the UK and from France, I think, but to really get stuck in to all that history would be fantastic…


  5. Victoria says:

    I’d never thought about it that way before Maimy! I think its true that people in the past did spend more time making things, our industry itself was more production based and society was a bit more ‘make and mend’.

    Our local library have a lot of records for ancestry tracing but its difficult to know what to look for!

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