“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman
I first heard this quote in my sophomore year of college at a student leadership training, and it has stuck with me ever since. This idea of finding something that makes you “come alive” really is a beautiful notion, but it is easier said than done. There are often things in our lives we are good at, but maybe we don’t enjoy very much – perhaps it even feels like work to us. And there are other things we might enjoy quite a bit, but to say we’re “good at it” would be a stretch. But then there are those gems in our lives… The things we are great at, AND that bring us joy. Those are the things we must hold onto, because they can be few and far between.
This past summer, I saw an announcement for a brush lettering workshop on one of the Instagram accounts I follow. As someone who has always worked hard to have nice penmanship, I would admire beautiful lettering from a distance, with no idea where to start. So I decided to attend the workshop with my mom, and it was one of the best decisions I’ve made in awhile. After the class, I found myself doing more research, buying pens, trying out new techniques, and following all the “best in the business” on social media. I spent all my free time practicing, and found as many excuses as possible to write things. I quickly found hand-lettering to be something I was very passionate about, and was surprised at how I never seemed to grow tired of it. It has now been 8 months since I first sat down with a brush pen, and my passion for it grows each day. I enjoy my fair share of DIY projects, decorating cakes, and many other “artsy” things, but they often leave me feeling drained and exhausted. Hand-lettering is the first hobby I have found that feeds my desire for creativity, while bringing feelings of refreshment and rejuvenation at the same time. To look back at where I started, and see how far I have come, it is apparent that this “hobby” of mine won’t be going anywhere, any time soon.
I write all of this in the hopes that, if you haven’t yet, you may be inspired to find that “something” you are passionate about. Keep learning, keep trying. If there’s something you’ve always admired or wanted to try, just do it! Even if you aren’t the best at first, keep at it! It is never too late to start, and you have nothing to lose by trying.
I have tried a lot of things, failed at a lot of things, but most importantly, I have found what makes me come alive.
If you’d like to join me on my lettering journey, keep checking back as I post tips, product reviews, and techniques.
Wishing you all the best on your own creative endeavors!