This week I’ve been thinking about inspiration.
It’s important to have things you love and things that inspire, often they are not mutually exclusive. It depends. Sometimes you can admire someone’s work or life without actually loving what they do. But regardless, if something speaks to you in some way it will inspire you, even if you don’t realise it.
Books and writers are an obvious choice for me in terms of inspiration. Their subject or style of writing, just the fact that they write regardless of their background or struggles, or just their success – if they can do it maybe I can, I may think. But sometimes inspiration strikes from unusual sources – a song or TV show or someone at work or a news story.
Whatever makes you think is good because if somthing strikes you enough to spark an internal debate, you may use it someday – either in your own writing or just in how you approach your life in general.
Starry Night Over The Rhone – Van Gogh.
I am not an art expert, I don’t check out art galleries or think about art much but this painting got stuck in my mind today and I had to search for a photo online. I used to have a poster of it on my wall at uni. I think the reason I like it is that inspires me somehow. Like I said, I don’t know the details of the painting, what it’s supposed it represent or what Van Gogh was trying to say exactly but it makes me think of dreaming. The stars speak to me somehow like they’re waiting for wishes, it’s beautiful and peaceful. I feel like I could stare at it for ages and not get bored. It speaks to me. It makes me want to dream.
And I love those moments. When inspiration comes from something or someone and you’re not exactly sure why or how but it lodges into your mind and heart and you want to do something with it.
I want to do something with this painting. I’m not sure what it is but I think it’s about fulfilling dreams. The inky blue night mingled with shinning stars means dreams to me. And I want those dreams to come true one day.
So my advice is to fill your world with inspiring things. Don’t think or worry about where it comes from but when you feel it, grasp it and hold on to it so that it changes you and propells you to do something great with it.
Let me know what inspires you and keep dreaming! 🙂