The other day, I was in desperate need of motivation. It was one of those days where I had lots to do, but no inspiration to do it. I woke up bright and early, drank my iced coffee, and sat down in front of my laptop with the intent to write several blog posts. But the minute my fingers hit the keyboard, I had nothing.
Zero. Zilch. Nothing.
Hours went by and nothing had changed. I was still sitting at my desk, still waiting for a bolt of inspiration to strike. I could feel myself getting more and more frustrated. There’s nothing worse than having big plans for yourself, but not being able to follow through with them because your inspiration has suddenly performed a vanishing act.
Unsurprisingly, I started to get pretty bored sitting there. I ended up scrolling through my social media feeds, absentmindedly reading tweets and liking photos. I thought the day was a total bust and planned on stepping away from my laptop and giving myself time to recharge.
But then, I went on Pinterest, which, quite honestly, either serves as the absolute best source of inspiration or the absolute worst source of inspiration. Going on there and seeing creative people doing creative things can really inspire you, or it can really bum you out. Fortunately, it ended up doing the former for me.
There I was scrolling away when I suddenly came across a powerful quote. To be honest, I hadn’t even been actively searching for quotes. I just sort of stumbled upon it.
“At first, they’ll ask you why you’re doing it. Later they’ll ask you how you did it.”
I don’t know why, but this quote really spoke to me. There’s something about it that I think can be applied to anything.
In life, people are going to judge you for everything. They’re going to judge you for what you wear and what you do, for how you act and how you look, for the words you speak and the things you think. Whatever you do, the judgements will always be there.
You can’t control what other people say about you. But what you can control is what you do in spite of what they say. Whenever you put yourself out there, in life and in blogging, you’re going to have people questioning you. They’re going to doubt you and ask why you’re doing what you’re doing. And if you give into their negativity and start asking these questions yourself, it’s going take its toll on you.
But if you ignore the judgements and do what you love, you’re going to have success with it. People will begin to look at what you’ve done and want something similar for themselves.
Seeing that quote and thinking about what it meant somehow gave me the inspiration I had been looking for. It made me think about how much I enjoy creating content for this blog and gave me the motivation to start working. It also helped me realize something really important about creativity. You can never predict where it will come from or what kind of things will inspire it. Inspiration exists in all places, even the ones we least expect. One thing leads to another and it just sort of happens.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that even when you’re going through a creative rough patch, remember how much you love what you do. Your creativity will come back to you at some point or another. In the meantime, think about the reasons you do what you do and don’t allow self-doubt or negativity to creep in.
I realize this is getting sort of ramble-y, so I’m going to leave it there. Sorry if you aren’t a fan of these kind of posts! Sometimes these are a good way for me to get things off my chest.
I’m off to take some blog posts because the sun is out (finally!)
How do you find inspiration?