I'm nearing the end of my extended summer vacation and as I look back, I'm pretty happy with my time off. Lot's of making of things, small adventures, time to relax and most importantly for me, to think without deadline or expectation. It is pretty rare to have concentrated time to step out of the day to day of a busy life and job, to be able to reflect and ponder and imagine. And it's been fun to see what has bubbled up as the days and weeks have passed. Something this luxury of time has allowed me to noodle, is the recurring (and obscure) question as to whether there is a difference between making vs. doing. I've come to no steadfast conclusions about this, so there is no doctoral dissertation in the offing at this point. I do know that soon I'll be back at work and inevitably people will ask, "did you go anywhere on your vacation?" I don't know if it's the people I know or the times we live in, but it always feels to me, that "going somewhere" (eg. doing), is what people think of first when they think of fun or vacation. What I imagined before my time off, and what I now know for a fact after it, is that for me, fun is making stuff vs. doing (as in going on a long trip for example). Traveling is ok, but it's certainly not the first thing that comes to mind when I'm making my personal fun list.
Which brings me to the questions that have kept rattling through my head these past few weeks. Are there people who are more makers and others, doers, like some people are extroverts, others introverts? Is it a personality thing? Do some people feel more happy and whole if they are having big adventures, collecting experiences, traveling, in motion? Are others more themselves if they are closer to home, making stuff, building something from nothing, creating objects? And then again, maybe, it isn't really about travel as much as it is about motion. Stillness to make, motion to experience. But no, that's not right either because making stuff is an adventure and experience and doing things like travel can be creative and produce things. For some people motion and adventure are the source of their making. For others, stillness is the impetus for doing.
Obviously, I haven't really figured it out. And probably, I'm all wet anyway. Maybe, all this is just a product of having lot's of delicious time on my hands, which has allowed my mind to meander and float...taking me nicely to a...deadend. Maybe, there really isn't any difference between making and doing. Maybe, the truth is that we all just do both things at different times in our day and life.
Who knows. Regardless of the real answer, it's sure been fun to wonder.