‘What I’ve Learned About Inspiration’ by Skatz
Inspiration is defined in the dictionary as:
stimulation or arousal of the mind, feelings etc to special or unusual activity or creativity
I’ve been inspired by many things. When I was at school at the age of 15, my English teacher kept me behind after she had seen an essay of mine and asked me what subjects I was planning to take for my A-levels. My grandfather, father and older brother had all studied the sciences, so I said, “I think I’ll be doing Chemistry, Physics and Maths.”
My English teacher looked me deep in the eyes, smiled and said, “If you don’t take English, I will hunt you down and kill you!”
That one comment changed me, made me realise what I had, gave me a feeling of warmth and an appreciation of my own abilities that I have carried ever since.
Inspirations can change the course of your life, or they can be a short-term boost to your creativity; they can give you the strength to do a task that you think might be difficult, even give you the strength to live through the most painful of circumstances. Words can inspire, people can inspire, objects can inspire, music can inspire, we can inspire.
What or who has inspired you today? Last week? When you were young?
Stories of others’ inspiration can help us to be inspired too. Share your stories on the ‘Stories’ page and it could help someone else.
In the meantime, here are some inspiring words:
Love the earth and sun and animals,
Despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks,
Stand up for the stupid and crazy,
Devote your income and labor to others…
And your very flesh shall be a great poem.
“This is the beginning of a new day. You have been given this day to use as you will. You can waste it or use it for good. What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; in its place is something that you have left behind…let it be something good.”
Have an inspiring day.