“When inspiration doesn’t come, I go halfway to meet it.”
Whether you’re an artist, a writer, or simply searching for more meaning in life, you may be at a point in your journey where you’re stuck. If you’ve been hesitant to proceed out of fear that your next steps will be banal, a little inspiration may be in order. Instead of waiting for the spark to find you, why not be proactive? Here are three places to look for inspiration.
It’s been said that “Children say the darndest things!” If you ask anyone who’s spent extended time around little ones, they’ll be sure to tell you their time was memorable. Children have a way of pulling on your heartstrings with their innocence, sense of humor and zest for life. Kids have the unique ability to inspire us with nothing more than their presence. If you are running short on inspiration, spend some time watching children live life freely, play with wild abandon, and experiment without fear. You’ll undoubtedly leave with all the motivation you need.
There is beauty all around us. You don’t have to trek far to realize that Earth is full of wonder. Right outside of your door, there are plants, animals, weather and beautiful landscapes. Even in the most concrete of cities, the wind blows, the sun rises and sets, and the moon glows. Take a hike, visit a beach or spend a few quiet minutes in your backyard. With nature surrounding us twenty-four hours a day, we have convenient inspiration waiting at the ready.
If you are still in need of inspiration, it’s never a bad idea to try art. Many people would agree that art has always been, and continues to be, one of the most abundant sources of inspiration on the planet. Because it comes in so many different forms, art is able to translate across cultures, span a wide range of emotions, and serve as a fount of influence and revelation for people all around the world. So visit a museum, attend an open mic night, stop by your local gallery – be inspired.
Inspiration can propel us to accomplish the impossible, create the unimaginable, and subdue the insurmountable. Use these three tips to find inspiration in your life, then use it to chase your dreams.