I’ve spent the last month building furniture with friends, learning how to operate a drill, use tools and joining different physical materials together to build a home. I loved it. As a therapist, I foolishly thought that it is fundamentally relationships that make a home (a professional hazard perhaps?), but I’m slowly recognizing how much of ourselves we pour into the ‘objects’ around us — building a relationship as we build our furniture. Our physical space and pieces, reflect our inner world in ways I don’t think I saw completely until I engaged fully in the physical labour that goes into a loving home. What we build mirrors us, comes out of us and we leave a part of ourselves in it.
Read the full article on my medium blog: https://decolonizepsychotherapy.medium.com/a-love-note-to-woodworking-from-a-psychotherapist-76275ba1a6bd