inspiration 1they say lightening never strikes the same place twice, but thank heavens inspiration does. after plunging into the sorrows and frustration of my technical and artistic incompetence this weekend, i woke this morning in a warm buzz of renewed enthusiasm, confidence and inspiration.   or maybe renewed stupidity.   sleep is a wonderful thing.  so is distancing yourself from a frustrating project or problem.

i don’t really understand  inspiration, but enjoy it like those first few sips of wine.  you know,  those intoxicating first moments when everything seems possible, everything seems clear again.    it’s been suggested that inspiration visits in the form of a muse or outside influence but i think it’s more likely related to brain chemicals,  consistent hard work and ideas we’ve subconsciously stored.

i’ve never, not even once, created or imagined something without the effort of research, brainstorming and a lot of trial and error.  i have however, once inspired, thrown myself into a project fueled by passion obsession alone.   but the cost of that is high.  i’m learning  inspiration and motivation can be more or less sustainable resources  if they stem from a balanced life.  i think the ‘tortured artist’ is an unnecessary and destructive myth.   it doesn’t have to be that way.

i read an awesome article this morning about inspiration and how it works.  don’t let the pink and white girly-ness of the webpage put you off,  it was sourced originally from the new york times and worth a read.

i’m off now to sign up for a real membership at the good life today.  first time i’ve joined a gym in 30 years and i’m kind of pumped.  and when i come home,  i’m going to bust out my visual identity/graphic design project again and give it another whirl.  🙂


6 thoughts on “in.spi.ra.tion…

  1. What’s the quote? Success is 90% perspiration and 10% inspiration. Something like that. I don’t know if the proportions are correct. What I do know, however, is that not much gets done without a combination of the two. Best of luck on your design project. I really like your blog (and your story!).

  2. We are gym twins – I joined on the 11th too. It’s been about 10 years since I went to the gym, but it’s going pretty well. Okay, except today when I blew it off and bought a vanilla shake instead. But other than that…

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