No matter how old we get, the beginning of September always catches us by surprise. Fresh from three months of carefree summer, September signals the end of long days, a respite from humidity, and the return to work. Even under the best circumstances it seems like a sudden return to reality. But work of any kind can liberate the endless stream of thoughts from our brains and give us a sense of purpose. And no type of work is more demanding, exhausting, and sublimely rewarding than making something.
When we make something, we participate on a system of creation that has existed for centuries. If a plant is the natural product of combining water with earth and sunlight, then man-made projects are the personification of ideas combined with natural resources. They are the embodiment of free thought in physical form through the human touch. So when we go back to work, we’re not returning to the daily grind but rather getting back to what we do best: creating.