Who else gets tired of seeing all these inspirational quotes on Instagram and the internet in general. Arguably, they have positive impact most of the time but other times they seem like a load of bull ****.
This thing called inspiration is a really fleeting thing, it’s kind of like that beautiful butterfly in the garden that just keeps flying out of your reach when you try to catch it (for the sake of this post, let’s just pretend that we all run around in beautiful gardens trying to catch colorful butterflies).
As a creative or someone who constantly needs to create and churn out fresh content regularly, whether it’s social media posts or blog posts or designs, we find that this thing called inspiration is never a constant, funny because it is the one thing that we actually need if we want to make any progress.
If you know me well, you’ll know that “I don’t have inspiration” is a regular phrase that escapes my lips every now and then. It is the same phrase I said in my mind before I began typing this post. I actually said it before I google searched “blog posts about inspiration” and then opened an article that gave me FIFTY whole ways on how to find inspiration. Out of the 50, I picked only one; “search for tweets with the hashtag #inspiration on “twitter”. After scrolling through a number of tweets I got fed up with seeing those cliche quotes I spoke about earlier, and voila!, inspiration was birthed and I began to type.
But sincerely though, do inspirational quotes REALLY work? This is a big question coming from someone that LOVES quotes. I feel like the most impactful inspiration comes from real life events, experiences and stories. Which is why I tend to write stories/cite examples in most of my inspirational blog posts. Personal experiences of people are actually where I have been getting my life inspiration from recently. I feel like these inspirational quotes are quite boring and don’t necessarily resonate with the modern man/woman as much as it was intended.
I have been blogging for almost 5 years and I have still not mastered the “art of getting inspired” to write blog posts. A lot of bloggers will give you long lists of do’s, but the truth is, inspiration doesn’t necessarily have a formula…or maybe it does, seeing as it was one of those articles on inspiration that inspired me to write this post.
I came across this very blunt article about why inspirational quotes will never inspire you and it made a lot of sense. But I would still like to hear from you.
For me, I have realized that being inspired is not necessarily a deliberate effort, because when I feel uninspired I am even too lazy to deliberately go out and find the inspiration, the zeal is not just there…it’s like my “inspiration muscle” just becomes so weak and lazy (picture a fat blob sipping coke and watching TV, yup, that’s what my inspiration muscle looks like during those times)
I am still learning everyday how to tame my inspiration muscle to do my bidding. If you have mastered yours, I would absolutely love to hear how you go about it. How have you struggled with the lack of inspiration in the past? How did it affect you? Finally, do those inspirational quotes actually inspire you?
I have spread mat and wrapper in the comments section waiting to hear from you, oya let’s talk.
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