The sheer delight of finally making a thing and why you should do it

I’m finally making a thing. It’s been in my mind for months. This is me doing the prep to make the thing.


I didn’t make the actual thing tonight, only the demo. The workweek starts tomorrow, and I started later than I intended to. Actually, I made less than a demo, because as I looked for angles that would at least make me look the way I look in my head (tall order for a short person), I forgot to turn on the camera for most of it. So I only shot part of it.

That’s good. Why? Because I got to practice, and run to get the things, and create a real-life picture of how to share the little dab of knowledge that up to now only existed in my head.

I think I felt so shitty yesterday in part because I didn’t work on the thing. My various issues flared up, and I felt heavy and unlawful, and plain out of luck.

That was yesterday. Today, I woke up feeling the same way, then, just did this odd…leap…over how I was feeling. I didn’t stop feeling it. I just pretty much put it to the side, and said, nuh-uh, not now.

I need to make a thing.

So, I puttered and glided through prepping (that is my place, prepped, so yeah). Then I listened to a bunch of good stuff that kept me close enough to the creative impulse and far enough from the Resistance my body manifests as various issues.

Because I’m a podcast person, here’s what I listened to:

The Professional Left with Driftglass and Blue Gal politics podcast — true, down to earth and sometimes all I can stand

Seth Godin’s Akimbo podcast — y’all know who he is

The Read Kid Fury and Crissle on pop culture from an unapologetically Black perspective

Benjamin Walker’s Theory of Everything I like the lens he uses to dive in-depth on lots of cultural stories

I Made It by Jay Acunzo for Podia — candid interviews with creators, not asking the same questions everyone else asks

Code Switch Journalists of color telling deeper stories about race and identify

Yo, Is This Racist? unfortunately, nine times out of ten, it is.

I didn’t listen to just about any of these all the way through. They were my curated soundscape as I went out and got the things I felt I needed to make my thing.

So, anyway, yeah, I started making the thing. I feel brighter, even though I didn’t finish it. I already knew a demo was going to be important. Now I have a better sense of what to do next.

But the main thing is, I finally actually stopped messing around, and start making the thing. And it feels wonderful.

Here’s to you taking that leap and making your thing!