Strive To Live An Inspired Life
Updated: Sep 9, 2018
I recently spent a week in LA exploring the cultural sights and local attractions that I had been meaning to visit for a while. I attended a music festival, two art museums, a theme park, and my alma mater all within the scope of a few days. Aside from experiencing the driving equivalent of "jet lag" from driving around in LA traffic for a week, I had one of the most creatively fulfilling weeks in a while.
Since then, I've been overwhelmed with inspiration but debilitated by my lack of motivation to do something with it. I call this the creative conundrum.
As an artist/creative it’s nearly intuitive to guilt yourself over the pressure to create something. I feel this pressure to be productive all the time, and 100% of the time it is self-inflicted. Some people call this the "tortured artist" complex—or more famously why Picasso cut his ear off.
So over the past few weeks I’ve sat at my computer multiple times trying to force myself to channel all my built up inspiration into words. And even then, it’s another agonizing process trying to organize the chaos of ideas that whirl inside my head.
I, like many others, put a lot of pressure on myself to do something, write something, make something. But perhaps I should be grateful that I have the inspiration alone in the first place.
You see, many people go about their day to day lives without any desire to live beyond the point of existing. They’re comfortable being comfortable. And that’s fine, there’s nothing wrong with that all—but it's just not for me.
I have an undeniable passion to create and tell a story. Writing and creating content allows me to express myself and connect me to others. I have friends that express themselves through their own passions like hair, makeup, photography and theater. And I find myself in awe of these people. Seeing people chase after their passions in life inspires me. It brings me joy and makes me want to continue fighting for my own dreams. I believe living an inspired life is much more valuable than just simply getting by.
Inspiration is literally everywhere, but it takes a conscious effort to be able to see it and openly invite it into your life. It shows up in the form of people, places, nature, art, spirituality and other less obvious things.
As I put off finishing this post several times, I finally found the motivation to complete it because I felt that maybe by publishing this it would inspire someone else to do finish that thing they've been putting off.
It's completely normal to get flustered by a lack of motivation or self-doubt, and this delayed post is a testament to this. However, it's important to not let it weigh you down to the point of stagnation. Inspiration is everywhere and once you find it, you can better unlock your creativity and live out your fullest potential.
Inspiration is the spark that moves you forward in seeking whatever it is that makes your spirit happy. Whether that is doing makeup, writing a novel, styling hair, or cooking food. The fact alone that you have something inside of you that calls you to pursue something bigger than yourself is something that should be celebrated.
So listen to what inspires you and let that guide you.
Recently, I've been enthralled in Tama Kieve's Inspired and Unstoppable. I highly recommend this book if you're looking for a literary guide to live a more consciously inspired life. You can find it on Amazon here.