Inspiration drives nearly every major facet of my life. I teach theatre because I find it to be one of the most inspiring forms of art. Taking a story and bringing it to life with a group of people is amazing. I especially love the organic nature of drama. When my play Stuck was performed, I had envisioned the entire work while I wrote it. I knew what (I thought) it would look like from start to end. The finished play was drastically different, but that was good, since so many different ideas were involved in creating a new and interesting piece of art. I do enjoy working with kids too. Children have the power to inspire me, and inspiring them is something I aim to daily (occasionally with some success).
I am marrying my soul mate, because every time I see or even think of her, I feel inspired. After dating unsuccessfully, and beginning to feel a bit like a character from a sticom (my summer drama students like to call me Ted Mosby), I was wondering if I'd ever find love. When I first saw Rachel, I was coming down an escalator. We'd arranged a date over the internet, but I only had pictures to go off. My initial reaction was "please let that be her- she's stunning," and it was. Every time I am with Rachel, I no longer feel writer's block or unmotivated, I feel inspired. She is also a writer, and has encouraged me to continue being my best. I look forward to the day when we can do book tours together.
|With Rachel at the Huntington Botanical Gardens, California|
|Barras Nose - taken from Tintagel Castle, Cornwall|
|Sunset over Rome, from Piazza del Popolo|
|Guy Fawkes' Day in London - 2011|
For me, meditation has been one answer. It helps me remain focused. Making sure I revisit natural places regularly, even if it's a simple walk outside, also helps. Spending time away from work and other stresses also helps me remain inspired.
Perhaps the key is actually recognizing inspiration. Anything can inspire us if we let it, from the news, to a "conversation" over twitter.
Perhaps inspiration isn't the act of journeying in search of a muse, it's the act of recognizing the muse in ourselves. Several years ago, I read Julia Cameron's excellent book The Artist's Way, which focuses on methods to reclaim your own muse. Shortly after reading it, I found myself recognizing inspiration in daily life. Stress can be a fog, but the light of inspiration is always there, once we look past the fog.
Again, I ask:
What Inspires You?