Hello, dear readers, and welcome!
So, yesterday was the Superbowl, and I was invited (dragged) to watch it. I'll admit this up front: I'm not much of a sports fan. I will watch sports, and I will go to games with family and friends and enjoy myself (more because of the company and terrible food, but alas), and I've been told that this is appreciated, and something at least, but I don't really care for sports. I would rather be reading a book, sitting at my favorite cafe watching the passerby, or re-watching the filmed version of Phantom Of The Opera at Royal Albert Hall for the millionth time.
But I digress. The point is, I was invited to watch the Superbowl, and I was...not particularly excited about the prospect.
But aside from the fact that you can't always have things your way, and that sacrificing for those you care about is a sign of love, I was reminded of something while I was watching (and not really following, I'll admit) the Superbowl:
Inspiration is everywhere -- we simply have to acknowledge it.
I found inspiration in an event I was not at all interested in because I recognized it when it came my way, and I allowed myself to look past the "sigh, I don't want to be here". Some of it was in the either tear-jerking or beyond ridiculous commercials, and some of it was in the scenery of the field, and the looks on the player's and fan's faces, and some of it was found within my family. The inspiration was there, I simply had to look for it, and make a seemingly not-so-wonderful event into something that could be useful to me (and fun, in the end, because that is all in how we look at it, too).
It's easy to brush people or places off when we don't wish to be surrounded by them, but when we take the time to notice -- really notice, not just see with our eyes and forget -- the things around us, we can become inspired in new ways. We can begin to see, through the eyes of those around us, why these things might be important -- not for us, but for others; this makes us better writers and people both, because we can put ourselves into other's shoes...sometimes shoes so different we imagine they might never fit. When we really pay attention instead of just seeing, then an entire new world opens up for us.
I may not have enjoyed the Superbowl as a fan, but I did get something out of it -- because I chose to. When we make conscious decisions to be inspired, then an entire new world can open up for us...often one we never expected to experience.