Every now and again I discover a new word. I don't mean a big, deep and meaningful one, the correct spelling of which I would have to look up in a dictionary. I mean a little word that seems to really describe something to a tee. This one isn't actually completely new to me, but it has seemingly taking on a new meaning, popping up on Instagram and completely summing up what some of us quite often do. Faffing.
The word itself actually has rather negative connotations. We tell people to 'stop faffing' when we think they're wasting time and doing something useless. Now though it looks like it might have changed. Well, that's what it would seem like anyway. Small and deliberately arranged snippets of homes, interiors, tabletops, flowers, shelves, anything really, are being posted with the hashtag 'faffing'. It's fun and shows creativity (most of the time) yet the use of a word that was originally meant as a criticism seems to indicate a level of guilt about it.
This made me think. Why do people seem to "admit" to doing something fun and creative as if it's a guilty pleasure? It's nearly as if people are apologising for it. I could of course argue that when I'm 'faffing' I should possibly be doing something else, fill my time with more productive pursuits that will produce lasting results and therefore be useful in one way or another. However, during those faffing moments I feel like I'm being creative which is actually pretty useful to me. I might not come up with anything big or great and it might all simply get tidied away after I'm done, but I treat it as a kind of exercise. Just like a sports person needs to continuously train, keep their muscles in shape and repeat their exercises to stay on top of their game, I feel like I need to continuously train "my eye" and work on my craft so that I'm ready for any job that comes along. Moreover, faffing is to me as important as playing is for a child. It gives me a little time out, a chance to be creative without any pressure and to learn a little more each day without really thinking about it. It's simply fun.
So, here is a bit of faffing with some of the Christmas bits and bobs I have been using to wrap gifts and decorate. I enjoyed it, I hope so do you.