Inspiration is hard to come by when sitting down by yourself. But this is what we do for most of our day. How can we expect to be inspired, motivated or challenged when all we are faced with is a computer screen? It takes a little more than that.
Sure, you can find some captivating video on YouTube or read some interesting article. (The irony isn’t lost on me here!). But the most impactful moments are found when interacting with the world. Seeing people do what they do, listening to people say what they have to say.
There is something about first-hand experience that fires the aul neurons and connects to our inner wiring in a profound way. Reading or seeing a video just isn’t the same. For example, I had read a lot about earthquakes before moving to Japan. We all understand, to a greater or lesser extent, what an earthquake is. But until I moved over there and sat through one and almost shat my pants I can’t say I truly appreciated what they were like.
Every new experience let’s us step outside the paradigm of our existence.
I have recently come to a kind of turning point. It’s not a big deal. I am just waiting to set the course. But before I do that, I need to know the direction. So I think it is time for me to get outside. See new things. Meet new people. And find some inspiration.
How often do we tell ourselves we need to try something new? Or that it’s about time we met someone new? But when we do just that, how often does it turn out to be incredibly positive? It is always worth the effort.
I have no idea what the next steps are. But it will start with stepping outside, and seeing what the world has to offer.