Everyday Inspiration Guide

Inspiration is not hard to find like they say it is in the movies. You can find inspiration every day in the simplest of places. Some artists search their whole lives for it, but that’s what art is all about–showing people what inspires you through your medium, whatever it may be. Here are some easy ways to find inspiration almost anywhere.

Indoors (best on weekends, early mornings, or both):

  • Listen to classical music. Mozart is always a good choice. If you’re alone, conduct the imaginary orchestra or band.
  • Don’t speak. Let the silence speak for you.
  • Watch a funny movie and laugh until your belly hurts.
  • Drink tea instead of coffee in the morning, and mull it over until it’s almost cold.
  • Sit by and look out an open window, no matter the weather.
  • Put on your most comfy fuzzy socks. If you don’t own any, it might be wise to invest in a pair. Crazily patterned ones or multicolored striped ones are best.
  • If you live with someone–a child, a parent, a friend, a significant other, or even a pet–hug them.

Outdoors (best in the early mid-morning to late afternoon any day of the week):

  • Treat every day like an adventure. Go into a shop or a part of town that you’ve never been.
  • Avoid driving by yourself. Take someone with you, or try walking, biking, or public transportation.
  • Hum a happy song to yourself and dance your way down the sidewalk.
  • Say hello to everyone you see.
  • Smile a lot.
  • Have a conversation with someone you’ve never spoken to before.
  • If you’re out at a restaurant or coffee shop, order something other than your “usual.” Ordering something totally at random or because it has a funny name is best.
  • Stop for a moment and look around you. Really look closely at the scenery, the street, the cars, the people, and everything else you see.
  • Marvel at the beauty of the sky.
  • Stand in the sunshine.
  • Dance in the rain.
  • Fly with the wind.

Inspiration: (noun) 1: a divine influence or action on a person believed to qualify him or her to receive and communicate sacred revelation. 2: the action or power of moving the intellect or emotions. 3: the act of influencing or suggesting opinions.

You’ve just seen the definition of ‘inspiration.’ Did you look at the title? Inspiration is so concrete, so definite, but it’s so much more that that.
Inspiration is a simple thing. You don’t have to be an artist, a poet, a painter, or a writer to find it. Even the most mundane of things can give you inspiration. Inspiration is not something you find, it’s something that finds you. It catches you when you least expect it, and then holds on tight.
Say you look out the window in the rain. You watch the drops slide drearily down the windowpane, the rain pour from the sky in sheets that hit the ground as heavily as a landslide of rocks from a mountain. Yet here you sit, warm and dry, in your favorite chair right by the window, a cup of hot tea in your hand, and a warm blanket on your lap.
That is inspiration.
This is the kind of thing I’m talking about. All I want to do is show you where inspiration is and how you can find it, and as your Inspiration Guide, that’s exactly what I’m going to do.