Live Vibrantly, You Never Know Who You’re Inspiring

Two days ago I reunited with some college friends. It was everything I wanted it to be and more, and we had so much fun reminiscing and talking about what we’re up to these days.

Many of my friends have great jobs with superb benefits, which is so cool to hear.

Then I started talking with someone I used to know. He wasn’t quite graduated yet, and he flat out told me he’s read a lot of my stuff and was inspired by my words.

What inspires you? There are a lot of things that can provide inspiration — seeing other people accomplish great things, seeing other people overcome adversity, hearing inspirational quotes from great people, even the sheer beauty of nature can remind us just how lucky we are to be alive.

To me, this is one of the highest compliments to receive. It’s why I write so much about what I do, because I want to help others aspire greatly.

But the thing is I was so inspired by all of my friends, too. I was inspired by the guy who was inspired by me!

In the end nothing’s more uplifting than seeing someone do exactly what they want to do.

I don’t care if you’re digging ditches or becoming an astronaut. If that’s what you want to do with all of your heart, that’s inspiring to me.

Even to the people who aren’t so happy with their jobs, it’s heartening to know that they are making a go of it after college. It’s tough out here.

What struck me the most about this weekend though was how clueless I am to my writing. It’s easy to look at page views robotically, but in the end every new view is a pair of eyes staring at my words, which are a reflection of my life.

I know that sounds creepy, but that’s the way us writers live.

We’re typically much more open than anyone else because what the hell else would we write about?

My point is that you’ll never know who you’re inspiring. Whenever I see old friends they tell me how they read my writing sometimes and enjoy it.

So live vibrantly, people.

And lift others up as well. We all have our own story. Nobody is any better than the other because success isn’t determined by numbers, it’s determined by how close you land to your own purpose.

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