I used to spend a relatively large amount of time studying the details of furniture. The carved legs, the inlays, the little intricate details. I'm not sure why, but it always fascinated me. I've always seen things on a micro scale and instinctively appreciated the complexities and beauty of what is often overlooked.
It kind of felt like a private little world. Studying the overlooked places felt satisfying in a way, as if I was acknowledging and breathing some sort of life into things that were previously stagnant and static. Even to this day my impulse is always to notice the details.
I guess that is part of what makes me good at what I do. I see things I know nobody else will, and they come alive for me!
Once I realized that I did this, I wanted to change it. I wanted to see the bigger picture like I thought everyone else did. I treated this tunnel vision like a defect. But as I have grown I've learned to love this detail focus. I have a perspective on the world that perhaps not many other people have and can see things in a completely different light. And I've learned to love it.
I also love knowing there are people out there who can see things on a greater, grander scale. It's a balance. And everything needs balance. So I'm happy noticing the tiny indentations on iron hooks and the subtle grain on the ends of table tops because there really is beauty in absolutely everything. You just have to see it. However you can.