Monday, October 21, 2013

Monday Musings

I'll start off with a disclaimer: I know that TV isn't real life. And cartoons...are really REALLY not real life. Let me back up.

When you're home alone with a flighty 20 month old and your husband is on a business trip in Europe, survival law kicks in. So maybe you eat frozen pizzas and watch more TV than you normally would. So sue me.

We've been watching a lot of My Little Pony, via Netflix. It's unoffensive and cute, and one of the ponies is a seamstress, of all things.


This is where I repeat that I know TV isn't real life.

More than one episode focuses on this poor seamstress pony and her life as a fashion designer. There was a time when all her friends were her (terrible) clients, when she worked tirelessly but had her fabric ruined by baby ponies, and one where the pony modeling her clothes became more famous than her.

Maybe it's because I can't get the theme song out of my head, or because of Project Runway ending, but I keep mulling over these episodes and feeling sad. Because they're true! 

The life of a fashion designer or seamstress has so much potential to be unfulfilling. I remember a few years back, I saw Christian Siriano on some reality TV show, and he looked so depressed. Like he knew his talent for design was being evaporated into costing meetings and celebrity chasing. 

If you couldn't tell, I'm still musing over this whole sewing-as-business thing I mentioned here. I suppose all work is a bit torturous at times, whether you're a designer or a doctor or a mom. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I admire people who work in a creative field. Not only is it difficult to BE creative, but you also have to be willing to take great risks.

If you have a creative business, more power to you! I admire you, and respect your hard work. Maybe someday I'll have the courage to join you! Until then, I'll be watching My Little Pony if anyone needs me...

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