I love Pinterest and I hate Pinterest. As I have said before, Pinterest is like crack for crafters – once you are sucked in you can’t get out without an intervention. I do not know how many ideas are posted on Pinterest, but I sense it is in the hundreds of millions. I believe a person could spend 8 hours each day of an 80 year life on Pinterest and never come to the end of it all. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
And yet, I love what Pinterest tells us about the expansiveness of creativity and vision in human beings. I think it is amazing the number of ways people feed their souls creatively both inside and outside of their day-to-day work. Pinterest reminds us that there is always something new to learn, consider, or create and that is, in-and-of-itself, life affirming.
Unfortunately, I have to avoid Pinterest on a daily basis to ensure that I don’t get sucked down the rabbit hole. And even when I do go there to visit, I have to set the timer on my phone as if I am doing a timed bank heist – I have to get in and out in a short period of time. It sounds ridiculous, this I know. But if you have been on Pinterest and you have even the tiniest creative inkling, you know what I am saying. You could be looking at boards for hours and pin in one sitting more projects than a person could ever do in a lifetime.
Oh, but the things that can be found on Pinterest. There is seemingly nothing that cannot be creatively imagined and created that does not make its way there. Every conceivable idea, hobby, tutorial, and project is somewhere on Pinterest – you just have to put in the time to find it. But here is the rub, you have to find the balance between pinning and doing. Pinning generates the idea of doing, but because of the nature of Pinterest an incredible amount of time is often devoted to pinning. I can tell you without hesitation that my pinning to doing ratio is about 250:1. And even with that solitary 1, I often only find the time to buy or gather the supplies. In those instances, those supplies sit around and remind me that I am a Pinterest failure because I did not follow-through with the project I initially deemed so fabulous.
So, you can see why I have a love-hate relationship with Pinterest. I won’t be breaking off this relationship, but I do carefully delineate its boundaries. And always, I remind myself – less pinning, more doing.
Day one thousand four hundred and three of the new forty – obla di obla da