I have been participating in an Ink drawing Challenge called, Inktober since the beginning of this month. Here, just as in the ProBlogger Blogging Challenge, we have prompts for each day. I haven’t used many prompts as such because I have so much to inspire me that is all around me: nature, my pet, the festive season, life! The prompts do come in handy when the mind goes on a strike. But, otherwise, I prefer looking around me for inspiration.
Be it artists or writers or any creative people, the inspiration we need is all around us, at our beck and call. Be it the greenery that surrounds us, the birds, the bees, the dragonflies that make the sky so much livelier, our pets, the beaches, people who pass us by on the street, the entire Universe! Our Creator has provided us with ample inspiration to work on, and yet we grumble about the lack of any. Maybe we are too lazy to look around, I mean, really look around.
How present are we in our surroundings, in the moment we live in? Hardly, to be frank. We visit a park, or the beach, or even the mall, and all we do is click selfies, or take pictures to be shared on the social media for its intoxicating adulation. Are we even present when we click those pictures? How often do we think of using the world around us as a muse for our artwork, or our writing, or any creative activity we indulge in? Sorry, I digress. Or, do I?
So, we were talking about inspiration. I look for it in the world I see when I peep out of my window, or view when I step outdoors, or even when I leave my thoughts aside and focus on the world around me, on the life around me. That’s really where we find a thousand stories waiting to be told. That’s where we find our muse waiting to be used to create a work of art.
The ink drawing challenge helps immensely in learning to focus on our surroundings. The dried leaf fallen off a tree/the little stray pup happily romping in the mud/the snail that trails about in slow-mo/ that woman we pass by on our way to work, who invariably sports a large bindi on her forehead and adorns her wrists with a hundred bangles in varied hues/that friend of ours with a sexy voice/that child whose giggles we find so contagious…the list is endless.
All we need to do is FOCUS, on the outside – look, look carefully for things we may otherwise not notice. And, FOCUS on the inside – on our mind and learn to divert its attention from the useless worries that occupy so much space, and bring it to the moment we live in. It is really very easy, and yet, very difficult! For, it’s not always that we will make use of the inspiration that meets the eye. Our mood may not agree with us. Heck, life may not agree with us.
But, that’s where the challenge lies, isn’t it? Shooing the lousy mood away, shutting the bad thoughts out and simply concentrating on creating…as if our life depended on it. Because, trust me, at times it does! Life, for us artists, depends on our creativity; our sanity depends on our creativity. It’s just that we need to learn to inspire ourselves. Guide those immobile fingers and the mind in the right direction despite not knowing the destination and create just because!
So, go ahead and create. Look around, there’s inspiration in abundance out there. Just pick any and create – for yourself, for your happiness and your contentment.
So, what inspires you? And, how do you inspire yourself?
Linking this post with The WriteTribe Problogger October 2017 Blogging Challenge.