Often, I sit around waiting for inspiration. Inspiration to write, to act, to create. You see, I have always considered myself a creative person, but when its actually time for the rubber to meet the road, the creativity bank is all dried up. So, I ponder. I sit, or stand, because I spend a great deal of my life standing, and I wonder when inspiration will hit. 27 years later and I am still standing around waiting.
Today I realized something. Inspiration is always there or here, depending on which side of the page you’re on. It is me, or us that is the problem. We expect inspiration to show up “Adele style” with a big fat “Hello, it’s me”! The problem is, it us that has to show up to the inspiration.
I have always loved the idea of being a writer. I sometimes watch interviews with famous authors. Okay so I mainly watch interviews with J. K. Rowling, but hey, she counts as a lot! I stand and I watch them speak of these original mind blowing pieces of art that they seemingly create out of thin air, and I always wonder what inspired them. Where did their ideas come from? How did they pull all these thoughts together and put them on pages that would transform the reader to, quite literally, another dimension? The common theme between so many of the greats is the fact that they wrote what they knew. They wrote what they felt, what they saw others feel, how they witnessed others act. They listened to conversations overheard in coffee shops. They watched people do great things when nobody else was watching. They watched people do horrible things when nobody else was watching. They wrote their pain, their sadness, the feelings that they couldn’t speak — they wrote.
That’s all, plain and simple. They wrote.
So now, I am writing. I am writing what I feel, what I see, what I wish I hadn’t seen, and maybe even what I missed. I cannot make promises of elaborate characters or unheard of kingdoms. I can however promise truth, with the occasional embellishment. I can promise thought provoking themes. I can promise themes that have absolutely no place in professionalism. But most of all, I can promise me. I know, that doesn’t sound so exciting, but it will be, I promise!
Remember, inspiration is always available to all of us. Inspired people are not special. They do not have a magical power that was bestowed upon them. They just know how to look for inspiration. They see it in everything they do. They tap into it, and draw from it.
If you are feeling un inspired, or don’t know where to start, my advice to you is — just start. You will undoubtedly hate everything you do for a while, and you’re supposed to! I think… If you love everything about the work you are creating, chances are it’s not original.
If you are a creator, young or old. I would love to see what you’re up to! Feel free to send me a link to whatever your project might be, written or not! I would love to see your creations and here about the inspiration behind them. I am still, and forever will be interested in this funny thing called inspiration. Plus, us creators have to stick together!