“What inspires you?”
People who dare to be different, rather than taking the obvious route! ‘Tis truly inspirational (for me) to see how people have used, sought and declined different opportunities to find themselves in a happy position. The unbeaten track, if you will: the track that might carry more risk. I admire those who, straight after school, diligently work their way through university to reach a prestigious, famous or respected position, but I’m really ‘inspired’ by those who took a less conventional route – maybe didn’t go to university straight away, didn’t have a plan from day 1, but have achieved something extraordinary anyway. Guess I’m just drawn to the more rebellious ones! People who haven’t let age, or gender, or circumstance dictate their interests really inspire me. Break all the stereotypes.
Even if a person’s taste is the polar opposite to mine, or they do things I wouldn’t dream of doing, I admire the attitude that makes them that way. Being ballsy is inspirational, to put it bluntly. I aspire to be the kind of person who genuinely doesn’t care what others think of them. There’s a fine line between this attitude and being offensive, but as long as you’re mindful I think it’s possible to tow that line!
It’s actually quite difficult to say what inspires my actions, when I don’t have a particular goal in mind. I like to think that I’m not aiming for anything, just forwards in some direction! I go through bouts of feeling really motivated/inspired, then other times just kinda drifting but carrying on with everything just ’cause it’s habit. Inspiration and motivation go hand in hand I reckon, and both gather and lose momentum. There are definitely weeks where I’m all go go go, here there and everywhere, getting all sorts done. There are also weeks where time seems to pass without anything really happening; ‘drifting’ is the best word I can actually think of! Not doing very well at articulating my thoughts atm am I…
With creative things, looking at others’ work is the most obvious (cliche?) form of inspiration, but it definitely works for me! Like in textiles for example, I love having a browse through previous students’ work and admiring haha. It’s not that I want to steal their ideas or that I’ll even go on to do something remotely similar myself, it’s more the looking at others’ creative processes and thoughts that I find inspiring. Feeding my brain with creative stuff gets inspiration flowing, even if it’s just a browse of Pinterest or a flick through a journal. Seeing someone else’s creations makes me want to get creative too.
Tell me where you find your inspiration!
Oh and on a completely random note, attempt number 3 at poking my eyes out (aka contact lens appointment) went well yesterday! Third time lucky right? Finally I’ll have some days off glasses.