I recently read an article in Glamour magazine that asked celebrities who their inspirations were. It got me thinking-yes, another random thought – Who inspires me?
There have been so many people that have impacted my life over the years, that trying to come up with just one name is a seemingly impossible task. Perhaps the better question is, where in my life do I find inspiration?
According to Oxford dictionary, the definition of inspiration is: the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, esp. to do something creative. It originates from Middle English, in the sense “divine guidance“.
As I reflect on my sources for inspiration, specifically the people who have inspired me, I can clearly categorize them into two groups. 1) There are people who have inspired me through their achievements, greatness, love and acceptance, and 2) there are those who have inspired me by challenging me, confronting me and dare I even say, hurting me.
I believe that we meet people in our lives for a reason. If I look at the root “divine guidance”, I know that even those who have hurt me have been sent to me with a gift; albeit I’m certain I didn’t see it as a gift at the time – but even during those hurtful times, I have been “guided” or “inspired” to change.
The Oxford dictionary also provides the meaning of inspiration as: a drawing in of breath; inhalation. When we breathe, we draw in new life, new energy. We revitalize ourselves and nourish our bodies. Similar are those, who inspire us in a positive way. There have been many people who have breathed new life into me. Who have guided me, supported me and loved me. My parents, my husband, my children, my friends.
I can find so many people, places and things that, throughout my life, have inspired me to feel better, do better and be better. I am thankful every day, for the countless opportunities I have to live the life I do; to be able to create, to be inspired, and in turn inspire others.
Even in the unsuspecting places, such as Glamour magazine, do we find an abundance of inspiration. Whether it be fashion/beauty or deep thought provoking questions, inspiration is everywhere, in everything, in everyone. Where do you find inspiration?