I made my own soap and had a lot of fun doing it.
So I took a local class on soap/lotion making and learned about different oils, what blends well, what doesn't, etc. and started making my own lotions.
Well, to get the oils I want as clean as I would want them it would be best to grow my own plants, yeah?
So I took a Gardening for Beginners class and learned how to grow some of the things I wanted oils from. (Fuck you, Roses. You're so fucking picky. Why won't you just fucking grow like I want you to so I can steal your rose babies for my lotions?!)
So now, at least once a month, I spend time doing things with my hands, difficult things, and... I love it. I don't feel like a hippie, I'm not aching to go gluten free, I still LOVE eating animals, and I'm having fun doing something that makes ME feel good, without the need of approval for others.
Some of my friends were impressed with what I was doing, but were shocked that I hadn't been posting on FB or Twitter about it. To be honest, it felt like a secret, something cool and just for me. I felt like putting it up in public like that would cheapen it. The internet is full of trolls and their alts, who only feel good when they're tearing someone down. Every little imperfection that comes from learning something new would be whined about and turned into something nasty because... well, let's face it. That is what the internet does, now.
It occurred to me that this little curiosity became something I am proud of, enjoy doing, and don't feel the need to clamor for fake internet points over. I just wanted to share because... well. You're here, right? Anyone else feel like a lot of the world's problems would be solved if things took actual effort to do?