Inspiration. Where and how to find it?! I'm not quite sure if I can call myself a creative; I feel somewhat unqualified. But as someone who produces content on the internet on a pretty regular basis, I find that inspiration often escapes me when I need it the most.
As I was brainstorming for this post (that's right, looking for inspiration to write about inspiration), I realized that the things I find helpful for getting ideas do not involve the internet. No this isn't some kind of a groundbreaking epiphany, but I have to admit that being constantly glued to my phone and laptop, it's quite a nice reminder that there is so much going on beyond our phones and laptops - and it is so so so lovely to have that peace and quiet.
1. Good ol' magazines
I used to love collecting magazines. But as I got older I started feeling less inclined to keep buying magazines because I learned from experience that those magazines would only pile up, take up so much space, and just end up being a huge waste. So now I restrain myself a bit more when it comes to buying magazines. But every now and again I make exceptions because there is nothing quite like turning over pages of a magazine with beautiful visuals - ones that you can turn into a clipping or put up on a mood board. If you're lucky you'll find inspiration in them, but if you're not, at least you're up to date on what's hot this month.
2. Go outside
And by this I mean go out and be in the moment, bask in the beauty of wherever you are, and put the phone away even if just for a little bit. It doesn't have to be a deliberate adventure, even if it means going for a short walk in the park, it's nice to get some fresh air. I know when I'm having one of those meltdowns I'm guilty of locking myself up in my apartment because it feels good in the short run but I know for a fact that when I go outside and get my camera out I'll feel better. Sometimes the pictures turn out nice and they'll even give me a few ideas.
3. Leave it
As in leave whatever it is you're doing or trying to do. This is one of the points I got from reading Mastery by Robert Greene. You get frustrated because you've put in hours and hours of work but for some reason you're not getting any results. You've tried everything you can think of but still, you've got nothing. There is a famous story about Mendeleev, the scientist behind the periodic table, who solved his puzzle in his dream. Literally. Sometimes the reason why we're not going anywhere is not because we're not working hard, but because we just need a break, let the brain do its thing, and the answer will come to you at the most unexpected time.
4. Trust your instincts
Quite a difficult thing to do especially today, since we're exposed to constant judgment and criticism on the internet. But comparing yourself to others is only useful to a certain degree, mostly it's just toxic. If you've put in all the work, and you feel happy with your work, there's no reason not to trust yourself and your instincts that it's going to do its magic. And even if it doesn't, there's always a next time.
I hope this little post is helpful! Now I'm off to look for some more inspiration. Bye bye.