#11 An update
Ten stories later
When I conceived the idea for Objectively on a sunny September afternoon, there was no grand goal. I tend to look to the big picture, a respectable vision, an ideal state. This time, I decided to hone in on one thing, what I felt was the hardest thing for all budding ideas: sustenance.
On a personal level, I wanted to get comfortable with starting somewhere, going small-scale and slow, having the belief that consistency can ultimately lead you to where you need to be. So it’s not about getting it right the first time, or about hitting a high note and calling it quits, but to keep doing the thing.
And what’s the thing? I believe that everyone has stories to tell, ones that can move and inspire. Through studying the objects we live through, we can discover for ourselves and share who we are in intimate and imaginative ways.
Over the last few months, I have been so inspired by the responses that have emerged. It’s been made known that answering the questions have mostly been a stretch, so I really appreciate the consideration given to this project by all who have been involved so far, as well as the vulnerability and openness that come with it.
Questioning everything, luckily for some, has evoked new thought. Connie shared, weeks after her interview, that I had a lot of fun thinking about it and I think it’s allowed me to see me as seasonal - now feeling like yarn and wool. It feels like a process for everyone, albeit in different ways, surfacing alternative forms of understanding and then some. That brings meaning to my work, being able to create a ripple effect of sorts.
It is my hope that our exploration here can effect further curiosities around how we perceive ourselves and the world. One day Dax encouragingly shared, Thank you for being the curious reminder that life can be viewed from so many lenses. I love that asking these questions can reveal the multitude of what we hold close.
“What is most personal is most universal.”
— Carl R. Rogers
Where to next? I talked about getting started and then keeping at it somehow. In September that looked like One person. Three objects. Post weekly. Ten weeks later, I feel ready to shake things up and explore others ideas, from featuring collections of things to creators who work with objects.
As we work on bringing these to form, Objectively will be taking a short break and be back in March with more stories. In this time, I welcome your feedback, suggestions, and pitches here.
Thank you all for reading, sharing, and being here!
Pin, Editor of Objectively
Sinking into your couch or on a long intercity ride, and want a read of our first ten stories? Got your back!
And how it all started here.