Perhaps considered as one of the most important factors for creative and artistic people. What inspires us? Where do we get our inspiration from?
I believe that inspiration, as important as it is, is very fluid and even abstract. It exists for all of us. Even those of us who consider ourselves to be less creative.
Inspiration is not a singular concept but has multiple facets. I have broken them down into three aspects which I am able to define:
1. Where does inspiration come from?
Inspiration for me comes from different places. Quite often the shower. Some people sing in the shower. I have great ideas in the shower. The ideas I have are not always ideas for writing but ideas to resolve problems I am struggling with or even business ideas. There's something about the running water and the peace and calm it creates that stimulates the right spot in my mind.
Music and music videos. Often I will have an idea for a story or a scene in a story from the words of a song, a music video or a scene in a music video.
2. What inspires you?
This is the second aspect to inspiration which I can define separately at this point.
The sources of inspiration are clearly different to this aspect. The sources of inspiration are the things and events which kickstart an idea or help push an existing story along. They may add a new facet to a story you are working on if you are an author. The sources of inspiration may help you break through writers block with a new idea or help you step up the level of your story if you feel like what you have been writing is not up to your own impossibly high standards which we authors often set ourselves.
So what inspires us? This is the aspect that makes us want to do what we love. It should simply be that we want to do what we love but until we achieve what we define as success in our minds, we struggle with inspiration simply being the fact of doing what we love.
I too believe that we are inspired by our environment, settings and circumstances. There are certain ideal circumstances for me in which I find that I can relax and focus on writing. Most important is my environment which generally needs to have a window with bright, natural light and which is spacious. Even better is a quiet place in the garden where you can be one with nature while writing.
Of course people inspire us too. We all have role models or famous people who we admire for one or another reason. Often hearing about other people's struggles and how they overcame them can inspire us to act or make a much needed change in our lives.
This is perhaps the most important part of inspiration but as a question is perhaps the easiest part to answer. It is quite simply your goal. What is it that you want to achieve, be or do?
There are many different things we want to be or do in life and our inspiration to do each of them differs.
What is certain is that inspiration is an important part of our lives. It is that part of us that makes us get up every day and go to work at the job we don't necessarily enjoy so we can save the money to invest in ourselves to achieve what it is we want to achieve.
It is not though, the actual act of going to work to earn money to pay the bills. Let's not mistake it for that.
I leave you with the question, "What is your inspiration and why?"
Thanks for reading. I hope this gives you food for thought and I welcome any feedback as always.