"keep going. that inspiration? you need to grab it. because it doesn't just come around every day. this is that kind of inspiration. that tidal wave that can easily pick you up. and you could just go 'oh, no,' and let the voices of doubt stop you...but tidal waves of inspiration do not come very often in life. you have to ride this one out. keep going." -amanda ford
tonight is new year's eve.
one of my favorite girlfriends came over
to help me explore an idea.
it is a new idea,
one that has been brewing inside of me,
making my heart race
and my brain bubble over
with what i think must be
(it's a really good idea, too)
my friend and i had pink champagne,
and i showed her my outline.
her reaction gave me goosebumps,
and we riffed for nearly two hours.
this idea just came to me a few weeks ago
as i was sitting down to work
on a monday morning.
"you'd rather be doing me,"
"write me down, right now,"
"there's so much more where that came from!"
it shouted joyously.
my pen whisked its way across the page of my day timer
until there was no room left,
and i had to open a journal
in order to keep writing.
i'm still writing.
amidst the exhilarating rush of creation,
on the eve of a whole new year,
i paused to wonder:
where does inspiration come from?
maybe it's a thousand different places,
melted into one.
i think this one came from traveling,
conversations with women and men of heart,
the work of brilliant writers and thinkers,
artists who strike a deep chord,
friends who share awe with me,
this blog and what it has evoked,
the gift of a year well-lived.
is a continuous chain reaction
circling the globe
like a giant game of telephone,
one human connection at a time.
and just like a game of telephone,
by the time a great idea comes back around
it looks and sounds nothing like the original.
which is fantastic, of course,
because now it too is original,
"ideas are cheap, and execution is dear,"
said a venture capitalist i know.
i value and heed his wise advice.
building ideas into form, function, reality,
is not easy.
but i'd like to think
it's where the fun is.
that somehow betters our world,
not just thinking about it,
but actually doing it.
and i think inspiration
than just having
a great idea.
to me, inspiration feels like the life force
that drives everything,
and gives us the creative energy we need
to make our dreams become reality.
my friend told me she knows an Ayurvedic astrologer,
who told her that 2015 is the year for
"any creative endeavor that comes from a place of passion
and a full heart, is sure to succeed,"
let's inspire one another,
and make our best dreams reality,