I remember running a workshop and building up to the climax, “Everything’s made up.”

And the pushback I got was unexpected.

“Wait, how can you say that?”

“What do you mean?”

It’s startling to realize that you are the cause and effect of almost everything in your life. As is everyone else.

Where it gets messy is living in a world with other creators with different motivations, inclinations, tastes, and moral compasses.

Yet that’s what we have.

And while, yes, we are impacted, either minimally or greatly, by what others say and do, we do have this creative power inside of us, and the ability to make change happen.

And, yes, I’m aware that not everyone is afforded the same opportunities, living conditions, and cultural freedoms that empower people to thrive—not just survive. In other words, life’s not fair. Even if you won the birth lottery, congrats, but you don’t get to walk away unscathed either.

But what’s always true is our unique ability to create, to decide, and to make change—even with all the egregious oppression and horrible creators in the universe hell-bent on our demise because of greed, insecurities, and fears.

Still, we create.

Still, everything’s made up.

Still, we choose to be what we are.

How? Like so…

How stuff gets made graphic

It might be simplistic to lay things out in this way, but that doesn’t change the fact that, yes, everything’s made up.

What are you making now?

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