Do you remember going to see blockbuster action movies when you were a kid? For my brothers and I, something would happen to us after leaving the theater, and it would change the rest of our day.
As soon as we returned home from the theater, we were off to live out the stories and characters we saw in the film. Sometimes, this could consume an entire afternoon, and half the time would be spent arguing over who got to be the “hero.”
Before we saw the action movie, we had no vision, or inclination, to spend an afternoon living out a storyline. After we saw it, we were inspired to take the story and characters beyond what we saw in the movie. This is the power of inspiration: to create a full commitment to living out a story.
Inspiration is When You’re Driven by an Idea or Story
We’ve all experienced inspiration at some point, and it does feel as if life has been breathed into us, because we are suddenly enlivened to do something we weren’t willing to do just moments before. We should covet inspiration. We should lust for the immediate “breath of life” that it gives us.
For too many of us, we can’t remember the last time we were inspired. The end result of life without inspiration is that is becomes dull and boring, and it doesn’t require much skill to live. Everything becomes routine, and we begin to check out—spending most of our time in mind-numbing activities like watching television. We lack inspiration.
To be inspired is to have an idea, or truth, so breathed into you that it becomes woven into the fiber of being just as smoke absorbs itself into your clothes. You now become animated by something higher than your usual thoughts, and the idea saturates and taints all that you do and say. You are now an incarnation of something greater. Your life is now idea-driven.
This is the way to live, if you truly want to enjoy the human experience. Sure, parachuting, rock climbing, or cliff diving are all thrilling, but they’re also short-lived. Nothing will satisfy the human heart like devotion to an idea or truth. Nothing will bring such incessant pleasure than to abandon oneself to living out a personal story.
My Own Story of Inspiration
For me, my story is one of struggle, redemption, self-sacrifice, and heroism. I begin with the distinction that there is good and evil in the world, and these are manifested through people. I see humanity in need of help in order to steer it towards goodness and justice, but there are enemies in the way.
There are opponents who work to enslave people with greed, ignorance, lust, anger, and indifference. It is against them that I fight as a warrior. There are enemies in the mind as well—shackles of sadness, pain, fear, doubt, and insecurity. Through the sharp swords of my mouth and pen I will hack away at these mind chains until people are set free to become everything they can be.
I am agent of change—a gladiator of goodness that calls upon the heavens daily to muster my strength to fight another day. This is how I “dress up” my everydays. This is how I view what I do. This is the life story I created to inspire me to work for you.
Inspiration Will Bring Life to Your Life
What is your story? What will inspire you to break the routine of your present existence to live a more fulfilling life? What great story—what great idea—will breathe life into your heart and move you to take more action?
Try to find something. Maybe it’s your children you live for. Then try to create a grander vision of your role in their lives and commit yourself to learning and applying everything you can to fulfill it.
Maybe it’s a business, band, or book that you want to create. Maybe it’s a group of people you want to reach. Whatever it is, inspiration is what brings life to your life. It’s what animates you to perform at your maximum level. It’s the only thing that truly brings satisfaction to what you do and who you are.
Your life isn’t disposable. You are not without value or purpose, but nobody can bring meaning to your life like you can. What’s your story?