When you think of inspiration, what is the first thought that comes to your head?
Is it Malala Yousafzi and her story?
Perhaps it is Usain Bolt?
Or maybe it might be a fictional character…
According to the Oxford Dictionaries, inspiration is …
1) The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative:
"Helen had one of her flashes of inspiration"
ingenuity · imagination · imaginativeness · originality · individuality · artistry · expressiveness · creative power · creative talent · creative skill · genius · insight · vision · wit · finesse · flair · brilliance · sophistication
§ the quality of being inspired:
"a rare moment of inspiration in an otherwise dull display"
§ 2) A person or thing that inspires:
"he is an inspiration to everyone"
encouragement · influence · muse · goad · spur · lift · boost · incentive · incitement · impulse · catalyst · example · model · guiding light · shot in the arm · afflatus
§ divine influence, especially that supposed to have led to the writing of the Bible.
3) A sudden brilliant or timely idea:
"then I had an inspiration"
synonyms: bright idea · brilliant idea · timely thought · revelation ·
4) The drawing in of breath; inhalation.
"crackling sounds are heard in the stethoscope on inspiration"
synonyms: inhalation · breathing in · drawing in of breath
Most of us commonly refer to inspiration as number 2 (a person or thing that inspires), but really it is much more.
I believe that we need inspiration in our everyday lives to help us strive towards our goals and live to our full potential. The fourth meaning of inspiration is to inhale breath, to breathe fresh air. Oxygen is a necessity, in the same way it is important to inhale fresh ideas that inspire us and exhale the ideas that don’t. These ideas support our creativity and mental stimulation, just as oxygen plays it is own important roles in our body. Our inspiration shapes our personality and leads us to our personal goals.
This is what inspiration means to me – it’s a way of life!