Who inspires me? it could be you.

Inspiration, or aspiration, is all around us it seems. We are bombarded with ideas and ideals about what we should want, how we should look, what makes a ‘perfect’ home, outfit, dinner or relationship. And you know what? I say phooey to most of that!! Phooey! 

Don’t misunderstand me, I love a great cushion, handy kitchen tip or jazzy accessorising idea as much as the next gal, but I am not striving for ‘perfect’.  Phooey to that! 

When I think about people who inspire me, I see quite a few people in my mind. They are people I know well, and people I have met once or twice, and some I’ve never met, they include people I am pals with on social media, or have read about. 

These inspiring people are a really great cross-section of society – doctors and dreamers, travellers and homebodies, adventurers and safety conscious types, extroverts, introverts, crafty types, cooks, strivers, slackers, and on and on the descriptors go. 

Know what they have in common? 

They are following their passions. They know themselves. They may even have little crushes on themselves, though some would cry foul at such a suggestion. 

I find people who are able to forge their own paths super inspiring. That doesn’t mean hiking through Alaska if that’s not your thing, it doesn’t mean opting out of the rat race if you thrive on deal making and business. What it means is that the voices outside of these inspiring people – well meaning (or just plain negative) family, media, expectations of gender, social status, conformity, are not the most powerful voices they hear. 

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They listen to themselves. 

To the voice that says, I’m going to study medicine, it’s going to be hard, but I can do it. I want to be a doctor. 

To the voice that says, it’s going to break my heart, but I know I need to walk away from this relationship. 

To the voice that says, I can’t keep up this pace, I need to slow down. 

To the voice that says, maybe that teacher was just a miserable dolt, and I have a way with words, or painting, or science. 

To the voice that urges them to try again, to walk away, to give more, to ask for help. 

To the voice that says, it isn’t about the bank balance, the car I drive or my postcode, I’m going to scale back and see if that makes room for more of what I really want. I’m scared, but not as scared as I am of never trying. 

Yep, that’s inspiring stuff. 

Tomorrow I’m going to a fun craft workshop with some people who I believe are also on this journey – people who are tuning in to their own voices and having a crack at following their passions. I love that. There will be experts and novices, klutzes and people with a fine touch, and we will all make something beautiful together. 

That’s inspiring. 

What about you? Who are you inspired by? 

What’s your inner voice telling you? Are you listening? I hope so. 

 

 

Annette xx 

8 thoughts on “Who inspires me? it could be you.

  1. Thanks for the reminder that “inspiration” isn’t always about massive superwoman feats of daring do. It can be very simple day-to-day micro-adventures that are just as equally inspirational as climbing Mount Everest or sailing solo around the world! Long live the micro-adventure.

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  2. YOU inspire me Annette. I’ve only just ‘met’ you, but your enthusiasm for the course we are on and the way you show up… impressive. Also, I really like how bold and funky your blog is. It’s easy to look around and the little snippets of your writing make me want more. You are my first blog crush! (Shhhhh don’t tell my hubster). Love love love it.

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    • Rachel, that is one of the nicest compliments I’ve received in eons.
      Thank you for not just thinking it, but taking the time to let me know.
      It means so much to me to encourage others on the bloggy journey – or any journey that connects us with our true, creative, best selves.
      Somehow a lot of us have shut that part of ourselves down, too busy being responsible grown-ups.
      Here’s to us! Long may we blog!! xx

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