The past few days you’ve read about things that happened when I took a walk.
To the Farmer’s Market.
Down the streets of my neighborhood, streets that I walk along all the time.
When you stop to actually look at your surroundings, when you pause and look up or look down, you never know what you are actually going to find…or see…or experience…
You probably aren’t going to see someone get hit by a van…but who knows what you will see when you open your eyes?
Inspiration is all around you…sights, sounds, colors, experiences…
How do these things make you feel? Sad? Happy? Intrigued?
Can you see the makings of a story? Poem? Novel? Play?
Or did it just make you think about things in a different way?
Here’s your assignment:
Take a walk. You can choose the destination. Really use all your senses as you walk: What does the sky look like? What does the air smell like? Pause and look down at the ground- look left, look right. How does what you are experiencing make you feel?
Write it down.
Think about it.
Then do something creative with it.
Inspiration is all around us if we are open to the possibilities. I know how easy it is to be in a rut. I was in one a few weeks ago. I looked at the page and I didn’t care that it was blank. I was perfectly content leaving it that way.
So I took a day. I had a pity party. All the teeny tiny violins were there. Then I shook it off like raindrops that you are unprepared for and got on with it.
We are all allowed to have bad days. And if you believe the Friends theme song, it can be a month or even a year…but eventually we do need to snap out of it…
We are too important to have bad days every day ad infinitum…
We are too important to leave the page, or the canvas, or whatever blank…
We are surrounded by inspiration. We just have to allow ourselves to see it: allow ourselves the latitude to explore it.
Put your phone in your pocket.
Take a walk.
Consider this your prescription: put one foot in front of the other.