Inspiration is a strange yet amazing concept. The textbook definition of it is ‘the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative’. How mind blowing is that? Or is it just me? Thought so.
Everyone is inspired by different things, which I find fascinating, I also find it reveals a lot about the person what they are inspired by. Whether that be a person, a piece of art, a song, a cat’s meow or Mum’s homemade cottage pie- that person/object possesses the quality to mentally simulate you, leading you to write an essay or just feel content. I find that whole concept so intriguing and quite inspiring.
Searching for inspiration is tricky. I find seeking inspiration is quite anti-inspiring, trawling through hundreds of Pinterest quotes and watching hours of TED talks in the hope of a ‘lightbulb moment’ makes me sigh. I believe inspiration comes naturally, you have to welcome it, allow it to make you laugh or run that extra mile. In this day and age (how old did that make me sound!) it’s hard not to want to search for inspiration, especially with hashtags on Instagram such a #inspo #inspoquote #inspohome #inspostyle I’m quite a hypocrite pointing this out though, as I posted a quote on Instagram using the hashtag #inspoquote –oh the shame.
Loosing motivation is the worst, when you’ve got 0 motivation is when you need that inspiration the most. Loosing passion makes you feel stuck in a hole that you’ll never get out, you can’t imagine yourself ever doing anything worthwhile creatively again (ever the hypochondriac).
What to do when you don’t feel inspired (I’m no expert, this is just what I do):
- Remember why you started
Bleurgh, how cheesy did that sound. But it is beyond true and I use this quite a lot. When I don’t feel like writing an essay that inner voice crops back up again and reminds me that the deadline is in a couple of days, that I’m in college so that I can go to University so I can get a degree in what I love then hopefully make a career out of it- if that doesn’t make me pick up that pen I don’t know what will.
- Remove any pressure
I mentioned a deadline in the previous point, they’re my predominant cause of pressure. In my diary they’re written in red pen, when I see that colour glaring at me the wave of pressure hits me. Pressure makes me feel uninspired so rather than thinking ‘I’m going to write this essay because the deadline is the end of the week’ I try to think like ‘I’m going to write this essay because I want to (even if you don’t)’. It makes me feel a bit more in control rather than the deadline, this probably won’t work for the majority of people but I use it a lot.
Sometimes I will sit here with an empty word document hoping that I’ll have a lightbulb moment and type pearls of wisdom, but the more I sit and pray it’s more unlikely I’ll actually write anything worthwhile. Whereas, if I go and listen to my playlist on Spotify whilst eating Maltesers, my mind is in a better place, I’d be more likely to then go and write something that is actually good. I think working too hard can be just as bad as not working hard enough, there’s even research to back me up on this- ‘Research now seems to indicate that one hour of inner action is worth seven hours of out-in-the-world action. Think about that. You’re working too hard’.
Things that inspire me:
- Reading blogs, magazine articles or books.
I spend a lot of time reading and writing. When I’m not doing one I’m usually doing the other. I read an awful lot at night, which is when I’m the most inspired, hence why I’m typing this at ten to midnight after reading an article about self-doubt which lead me to have a thought on inspiration then could not help but start typing. I’ll regret this in the morning, I’m sure. I understand how much hard work, commitment and thought goes into a piece of writing, whether that be a 400 page novel or a half-page article- that inspires me so much!!! Which leads me onto my next one…
- Hard work
When I see other people work hard that inspires me, especially when I see the product of someone’s hard work (i.e. a book). The Iceberg Theory is beyond true (as pictured) but I am not one of those people who just sees the success/tip of the iceberg, I see everything that came before that- the commitment, the dedication and the disappointments. I bare it in mind when I see a picture of somebody’s abs on Instagram and my inner voice tells me who lucky they are and how much I wish I had abs, but then I remind myself that they work so hard, sacrifice so much and dedicate their time at the gym, which inspires me to work out. How amazing is that.
When I’m happy I feel so inspired. A prime example of this is when I’ve spent time with two of my nieces (Ruby and Poppy) I am beyond happy, I literally do not stop smiling, when they go home those endorphins make me want to do something productive. I have a direct correlation between my happiness and how inspired I feel. As a result of my anxiety, I do have some ‘down moments’ let’s call them, they make me feel uninspired, I don’t feel like doing anything, especially something creative.
This week we celebrated International Women’s Day, a day to appreciate all the strong, inspirational, amazing women who have defied society’s restrictions and are bossing life. The women in my life who have had the most positive impact on me are my Mum and my two sisters- Vicky and Katie. They are all incredible, they have shown me exactly who I want to be and if I become half the women they are I’ll be so thankful. You three are my biggest inspirations, I love you all.
Inspiration is amazing. I love to think about it, especially at one o’clock in the morning when I’m up in a few hours for college. Inspiration has no time scale though, it won’t wait for the morning, when it comes you’ve got to make the most of it. That’d look good as a Pinterest quote. I hope you enjoyed this style of blog writing, I intend to do more of it 🙂
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