Third in the calendar series. Refer to calendar #1 to see what this is all about.
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This is the second of the Calendar series from earlier this year.
Read the previous post to see what it’s about.
This is the first ‘actual’ typewritten page in this series.
This is the first of a series of pages i wrote earlier this year.
I wanted to inspire myself to complete something, to follow-up on something that I believed in.
hence, I produced the scheme, bleow, which, whilst not technically done on a typewriter, sets the scene for the following typewritten pages.
The numbers across the top are the dates of the month that I started in. MTWTFSS are obviously the first letters of the days of the week.
The challenge I set myself was to produce a page each day, numbering them according to the date (19, 20, 21 etc.).
The first word of each page would be the one written in the box for that day.
So, for Monday the 19th the first word would be ‘I’. For Thursday the 13th the first word would be (fittingly enough), ‘pointless’.
Got it? Okay, the first page will follow shortly.
This is it.
i’ve had enough.
I’ve tried. I’ve tried freaking everything.
Now i’m just going to have to DO.
Let me explain…
I was dissatisfied with my life. Something wasn’t right, but i didn;t know what.
I thought about it a lot. I read self-help books. I attended workshops and seminars. I did all the exercises they suggested. I contacted my ‘spirit partners’. I labelled everything in my house. I wrote down my core values.
But I still did not know what it was that i wanted. I was still dissatisfied.
I made changes.
I quit my job and became self employed. I thought I wanted to be an inventor – i could always go back to teaching if it didn;t work out.
I do want to be n inventor, but that’s not all i want to be.
I am still dissatisfied.
I wanted to find out what my values are. What motivates me? No point in doing anything unless you know why you’re doing it, right?
Fair enough. But i don’t know. I just don’t know.
Something tells me that i may never know.
this is cary and not a little unnerving. but what other honest answer is there?
So I don’t know what my values are, why i do the things i do. But there, right there, is the key!
What i Do want, what i DO want to do, is to find out what it is that i want to do.
this kind of thinking hurts my head, but lets work with it.
under this question (what do i want to do?), i am suddenly released from constrictive labelling and marketting-speak pitches about who i am or whatever.
Suddenly, in a way, i am free.
I am free to do what I want to do, without worrying about why i am doing it. I can do things that i am drawn to, that interst me ( i have a short little span of attention, or so it feels).
Payment will come later, i’m sure, (do not tell my bank manager this – it does not make for a good business plan).
So, okay Philip, you can do what you want to do. Congratu-fucking-lations.
What are you going to do?
I’m so glad you asked!
(you didn’t; that was a literary device that probably has some name, of which i am unaware, but bear with me)
That, my friend, is for the next post!
I tend to waffle when confronted with an endless piece of digital paper, so i’m forcing myself into breaking this up into a two-parter.
See you on the next post (that’s the one above, if you’re reading this on a big long page)
A nice thing happened this morning – i recieved the design registration for a little toy of mine!
Always nice to get a certificate through the post 🙂
You can see the game in this video:
Now i just have to decide what to do with it!
The world, IMHO, does not need more electric carving knives or rotary toothbrushes. How about products that help people learn or, better yet, help people want to learn? I came up with an idea a while back for a bookmark that will help people doing research – books, dissertations etc. That felt right, or at least along the right lines.
Somehow i want to help people open up their lives a little bit, engage with the scary, uncomfortable but real world. Where i am at the moment it seems like that means less products, not more.
I feel like a politician proposing the dissolution of all governments. And thats not going to be an extremely popular idea. In fact, its scary and uncomfortable.
Play is another thing. Not idle play that is just a distraction, but real play that is inspiring and full of wonder. That, i guess, is why i came up with the marble game.
I’m not sure what this all adds up to yet, but the direction feels right. As long as i can stay away from this being simply an artistic or aesthetic concept. If i can put this into practice, then that will feel right, to me.
PS: If, for some reason, you do not have full motor control of your arm or wrist, as many people do not, then electric carving knives are a good, helpful product. Thing is; for what proportion of electric carving knife owners is this the case?
Change the world, make things fun! Sorry that this is viral, but they do have a point.