I’m pretty terrible at following instructions. Give me just about any project or DIY – from fermenting kombucha to building a bench – and I’ll look at the instructions, skim them even. And then promptly ignore half of what they say.
Not because I don’t want to make the finished item or that I didn’t love the way it was in the tutorial or recipe. I do, I really do! It’s just that I have ideas. Loads of them.
If the kombucha recipe book gives instructions for blackberry lavender kombucha, I’ll inevitably want strawberry basil. If the bench DIY gives instructions for a 62-inch bench, I’ll need to make one that is 45-inches, so that it fits perfectly at the table and I’ll probably want to change the direction of the slats, while I’m at it.
And those ideas, those spaces where I take instructions or recipes and add my own spin, well, that is where the creative magic happens. And it is just the sort of magic that we’re all capable of. And you don’t have to pull that creativity straight out of your imagination. You can start with a pattern or a formula, like I do. And then add your own spin. You can do this.