I’ve been taking a time out from various pursuits and allowing myself to wallow in play. Part of the reason was to hit a re-set button of sorts.
Before the re-set, I felt as if I’d plateaued in terms of what I had to offer and where I could go next. In Second Life, whenever I had an idea of what I wanted to do with my plot — someone else was doing it, about to do it or had done it.
Twitter began to feel like a competition to be first with the latest news, tool or gadget.
Flickr is still something I enjoy, but I’ve been hermiting or using it mostly for work.
And doing and planning video at work drained me from planning any projects for myself.
A talk with a good friend and respected educator tonight helped me clarify why I felt so stymied. The title of this post says it all. We both said the same thing. Is it worth doing something that might not be earth shattering or that we know is being done elsewhere?
Our thoughts were: yes. If for no other reason, but our own learning journey and to express our unique voices. There are oodles of books, videos, web sites and Second Life sims that cover the same or similar topics. People migrate to the one that is most effective for them. If I am contributing and attempting to do so in a way unique to my situation — or I build on a thought or idea, isn’t this the way we all move forward?
I won’t reinvent the wheel if there is a good one available that fits. But I might invent my own unique wheel that helps me and the people I aim to serve get where they want to go.