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Inspiration-ish

One of the places that seems to keep me motivated is Zen Pencils.  Not only is the story of the artist, Gavin Aung Than, very cool and inspirational itself, he’s created a nice stable of characters to reflect and visualize some of the best historical and present-day quotes on topics as far ranging as motivation, kindness, fear, etc.

Here’s a video to explain it, shared from Another Beautiful Story on Vimeo.

But to get back to the crux of this.  First, here’s a link to a comic from Zenpencils that I absolutely love right now.  In fact, I’m sure I’m going to share this with my students once we’re back from Winter Break.

It’s a quote from Commander Hadfield, an astronaut (also a very cool and inspirational guy.  You may have seen his YouTube video of “Space Oddity” from the ISS.  Link if you’d like to see).   Anyway, here’s the quote itself:

 Decide in your heart of hearts what really excites and challenges you, and start moving your life in that direction. Every decision you make, from what you eat to what you do with your time tonight, turns you into who you are tomorrow, and the day after that. Look at who you want to be, and start sculpting yourself into that person. You may not get exactly where you thought you’d be, but you will be doing things that suit you in a profession you believe in. Don’t let life randomly kick you into the adult you don’t want to become.

Zenpencils Link: An Astronaut’s Advice

Again, very inspirational, and something that I’m definitely going to keep in mind.  However, I always have a very pressing problem that goes with this.

Inspiration is definitely fleeting.

 


If you’ve found yourself in a position to create, to express oneself in any sort of medium, you definitely enjoy the process, getting into that “flow” state and producing something that makes you excited, elated, and content.  I know I do, whether it’s photography, drawing, painting, writing, or when I had the physical ability to play basketball competitively (being in the zone), I enjoyed that sense of “flow.”  However, for myself, inspiration often flutters away within a day or two and I’m left scrambling again for sources of inspiration, chasing that metaphorical butterfly.

This, I realize, is something I need to work on.  Not finding sources of inspiration, or even just keeping the inspiration alive.  It’s building the habits to keep creating and using those sources of inspiration as kindling.  It’s building up the discipline to keep working, even when I don’t feel motivated. 

It’s each and every day, trying to focus on that creative flame, along with the other responsibilities that you have, like in my case, keeping up and even giving the very best effort that I can, to the matter of education.

To do that, I’ll have to build those habits.  And keep creating.  And keep teaching.

Oh, and here’s a shot that I think is very Nevada.

PL

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