Where do I go to find inspiration?
Inspiration. Inspiration. This word has been engraved in my brain. This is a tough question for me to answer. Not because I cant come up with a place or thing that evokes strong inspiration within me, but simply because there are so many things that inspire me. It's hard to pinpoint a select few that represent the most inspirational. I am going to give it my best shot by just listing the top 3 off the top of my head this morning.
1. Friends- Friends are an endless source of inspiration for me. Whether my friends at work or my friends around town, every single one of them is amazing and super talented. When I see them performing music live, painting, formulating an amazing idea for SmallBox, writing, or taking pictures, I am inspired in my own projects. I am blessed to have so many sources of inspiration within my group of friends.
2. Art - Art is a huge source of inspiration for me. Whether it's video, music, traditional art (painting, photography, etc) or a logo design for a client, capturing art is automatically going to garner a strong inspiration to create art of my own. Hopefully my creations will, in turn, inspire others.
3. Learning - Learning simply inspires me. I love learning and finding out something new that I did not know previously. Learning new things is an integral part of my life. Every time I learn random facts (like how many light-years a cloud nebula might be from head to toe), I feel a sense of understanding that I didn't have before. Constantly pursuing learning strongly shapes my worldview and inspires me to think about my work in a totally different perspective. It then creates new connections and possibilities that I did not necessarily acknowledge previously.
Well I could probably go on and on, but I am more interested to know what inspires you! So please free to list some of your sources of inspiration in the comments section!
This post is part of Think Kit 2011.