Special Guest Article, Originally published on Facebook in a Note
Sometimes the best place to find inspiration is to revisit the place where one last felt inspired, rather than starting from scratch again. The past is there for a reason, and whether we like or not, it is here to stay.
I say this because that’s how this note has to start.
It has been requested of me to write another philosophical piece, and being the person I am, I said yes. However, it has proven to be a challenge. No matter how I try, I could not seem to find anything meaningful for me to write about. And I told this person that multiple times, and they kept responding by telling me to keep trying. And when I finally come up with an idea, it dead ends and has no where to go. I have gotten to a point where this person suggested I write about random stuff, and I suggested bananas as a joke. Needless to say it was a poor joke, but it still wasn’t enough to get me started.
So I finally decided to just start writing with a phrase like "My friend wants me to write a new note, so here it goes." Not the best opening line, but passable. At this time, I opened Facebook and went to my notes section to write a new note. Before I did so, I decided to look at my old notes because I didn’t remember writing one (which is because the post date is incorrect for some reason).
It was "A Penny For Your Thoughts."
So I read it, recalling the time when I wrote it and why I did so, all this time listening to the song Northern Downpour, which is very peaceful in the beginning. It thus embodied the same feeling I felt months ago, and sparked in me a desire to continue off of that feeling somehow.
And this note was born.
It came about not because I came up with something new or something incredibly creative, but rather because I revisited my past work. But this note isn’t about how beautiful the world is, or how I am reflecting on my past successes and failures in the way its predecessor was. It’s more about not forgetting what I’m made of. I was sitting at my computer, lying in bed, working, golfing, playing video games, hanging out with friends trying desperately to come up with a brilliant new piece, and that never happened; each night I went to sleep feeling that I failed.
The true failure was my ignorance.
In a way, this note is declaring my hypocrisy,as I wrote something about my needing to experience what the world has to offer, not let it pass me by. I needed to slow down and get back to basics, as does anyone when they lose their way. I had strayed to far from myself, and thus I had no ideas or inspiration. And while we all need a cleansing experience where we drop everything and leave for a week or two, it cannot be permanent. We all need to stick to the tried and true, whatever it may be.
We all need those epiphanies where we finally realize why we messed up or why we were stuck in a rut. We all need that moment in time where it all clicks back together and it feels the same as before. We all need that time to rediscover the inner beauty of who we are, who we were, and who we will become.
The past is defined as what has happened to us all, and sometimes we just need to take a step back and draw on it to get us going again, or for the inspiration to move ahead.