Inspired

Obviously from the photo, I’m going to talk about inspiration. I was toying with the idea of waiting to post this until I had an actual following of people but this is certainly a topic that can be expanded upon in the future.

Inspiration can be found all around you or from within you. For the longest time, I thought I had lost my creativity but it turns out that it had just taken on a different form and required different stimulation. I don’t think that many people realize that as they age, creativity can change. There are some lucky few who can keep their level of creativity the same throughout their whole lives, and I envy them.

Now that I’ve discovered what triggers my creativity again, I want to share with you how I found my inspiration and how I harnessed its “powers.”

I was having trouble sleeping last night so I was just staring into the darkness thinking about my day and how truly crappy it had been when all of a sudden I had a huge wave of inspiration hit me. It crashed over me like the breaking waves in the photo above and I had to grab my phone and write everything down before I forgot it all. I had been hit with the same wave a few nights before but when I wrote everything down that I was thinking I didn’t leave any context so I all I was left was this weird list of blog topics that made no sense. But something about last night was different…

I don’t know if it was the intense narcotics that I was on (because of surgery, not recreational) or because I’ve been getting back into writing that it go my other juices flowing or what, but I woke up this morning with purpose and a mission statement in my mind for what I want to accomplish with this blog. I’m about to get off topic so lets just get back to inspiration….

Morale of the story is that you never know when inspiration is going to hit you so I always make sure that I carry around a note book, my iPhone, or my iPad Mini so that when an idea strikes me I can get it down asap. The notebook is crucial for me because its not always topics of writing that I find the urge to play with but drawing. I used to be very artistic as a child; I was very creative and had a mind for story telling and art but as I was saying, with age we lose those things. When I started dating M, he and his mother are both painters and are very creative individuals so I was inspired to reach back to my roots.

So with that very long intro, here are some tips that I have discovered work for me and I hope they help you find the inspiration you need for whatever project it is you’re working on.

1. Look back at your old work

If you were creative in the past, I recommend looking at your older work to draw inspiration from it whether or not its the medium you want to be working with. I’ve found that going back and looking at my old livejournal and tumblr posts gave me some inspiration in my writing outside the internet realm.

2. Look outside!

I’ve often found that when I’m feeling the creative bug but have no idea what I want to do with it, I just look outside. I guess it depends on where you live, but there’s so much life out there just waiting to inspire you. For me, I live in a farming town in the middle of Illinois so I have semi-beautiful surroundings to inspire me.

3. Search Pinterest

I know it seems obvious, but I have found more inspiration from Pinterest than I’m willing to admit. With the way that the world is now, everything is online so there is no excuses for lack of inspiration! I find just browsing through the “most popular” section or the “diy and crafts” section just to see what there is.

4. Look inside yourself

Like I was saying before, I found inspiration inside of myself last night and I can’t wait to get working on the projects I thought about. Sometimes just sitting in silence can bring about some of the best ideas you can have.

5. Go to a museum or even a craft store

Now this one depends on the type of inspiration you are looking for but I know when I have had the urge to make something but no clue what I wanted to do, going to a craft store helped me out immensely. Museums are a great way to get in touch with yourself because most of the time you have to be fairly quiet or at least thats the atmosphere in them so you get time to quietly contemplate the art and design around you and come up with ideas of your own.

6. Look Β at other people’s work in what you want to do

I’ve found that when I’m at a loss for what to write or what to draw (my two favorite outlets) I’ll seek out the work of others to help me get inspired. This may not work for everyone because when you’re looking at work that is truly amazing, it can be discouraging.

As always, I hope that my input can help you find your inspiration and hopefully this gave you a little more insight into how my mind works. And of course if you don’t like me or what I write, please don’t read. I am not a professional so these are my own opinions.

-DF

 

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