This is one loaded question?
One, it assumes we are inspired and two, it presumes we have the answers.
I am never inspired all the time and there are moments when I wonder how I will ever have another idea. Have I written my last thought? Will fashion or France continue to inspire me on a daily basis? How can beauty remain intriguing and interesting for others? All very valid questions.
Creativity, the result of inspiration, is a moody beast; the greats would tell us that.
There are days when the words and ideas flow at VA and others where original thought is on a go-slow. What I know is this; don’t worry and whatever I do, don’t panic. Inspiration and creativity require rest like we do and the one true thing is, they come back. This is what continues to amaze me and in turn inspire me; creativity is a never-ending stream that continually provides me with reason.
Without creativity, inspiration starves and without inspiration, creativity has no fuel. They are the Ying to each other’s Yang. If that makes any sense at all? Inspiration is not the same for everyone and how fortunate is that? If we all resonated to the same beat, life would be dull and creativity lacking in dimension.
I can only tell you what inspires me and how I top up the “inspiration” bank when my energies are lacking.
Most importantly, I remember it is a “spell” and not a sentence. Past experience has shown me my most creative adventures and output are still to come. When I can’t think of what to write I don’t punish myself, I take myself away and focus on something else.
I think a great deal about what I want us to talk about. Conversations count and are up there as an inspiration source. I am realistic and know I cannot keep 100% of the people happy all the time; what inspires me is to evolve and for as many of us to move along together as we can. Hearing your opinions is what drives me. Inspiration comes when the subject matter is real and authentic. Having this focus means my mind is on high alert and the conversations I have around this resonate. I am simply a translator. Days like today I want to touch deeper levels; other days I really only have the perfect raincoat on my mind. We, women, are like that.
Beauty is my greatest source of inspiration. Stating the very obvious, but so true. It is in every day, everywhere and we must create it for ourselves and not rely on external sources only. It is in the smallest gesture and the micro-moment of detail; a state of mind, not a state of play. Beauty has no entrance fee or opening hours and only limited by our own imagination.
Movement and activity are what inspire me. The more movements I make, the more creative I become. Flexibility and strength are my motivators as I try to work my “better, not younger” mindset. The more I move, the better I am and that is everything.
An open mind and a willingness to learn are the “divining rods” of creativity. Ageing makes it more difficult to grasp and learn new ways – I truly believe we must learn something new every day and fight to stay in front. We may be slower than our children, than our teachers but who cares? The act of learning is an individual one and the challenges personal. Read more, watch more and dare more. Yes, let’s be more daring.
People, the ones I know and those I don’t, are responsible for creativity. Even our little Pug, Marloe inspires me. His gentle soul and true heart teach me every day. There is so much inspiration in the obvious.
Inspiration is infinite – it is us who create the barriers. xv
Inspired By Needle & Thread
image, emilia clarke, mariano vivanco, harper’s bazaar 2017