What Is Inspiration??

‘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. 

Walt Whitman

"You must be the change you want to see in the world."

“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.” 

Author Unknown 

Have an inspiring day.



One thought on “What Is Inspiration??

  1. This poem by Bertolt Brecht inspired me to keep going at a very challenging time in my life….

    Everything Changes. You can make
    A fresh start with your final breath
    What has happened has happened. And the water
    You once poured into the wine cannot be
    Drained off again, but
    Everything changes. You can make
    A fresh start with your final breath.

    My dad had a much simpler way of putting it.
    He would say ‘Keep nutting the world Dawn Bowden!’ When my loved ones are down I quote both these ‘words of wisdom’. The words people say can be inspiring long after the people themselves are gone!

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