So, I’ve been thinking a lot about inspiration lately. Maybe it’s because my husband made me watch the 18th hole of the British Open. Tom Watson, 59 years old, needed to get a par to win. While the crowd went berserk, I kept thinking, “Wow, there is SO much pressure on this Tom guy right now.” And then I said to my hubby, “Everybody wants to be inspired.”
How true is that? I don’t know anybody who wasn’t rooting for Tom to sink that put (he didn’t). We all wanted to be inspired. We wanted to be moved. So, being a writer, I decided to write a list of everything that inspires me.
What did I learn?
My list kept coming back to one theme: the underdog. Whenever a person wins, despite all the odds stacked against him, I’m inspired. And I think most other people are too. Rudy. Harry Potter. Frodo. Rocky. Lance Armstrong, Miracle (the hockey movie). Apollo 13.
Whether it’s real or fiction, when someone works through an insane amount of adversity in order to accomplish his goals, that’s inspirational. Why is that? Is it because we want to believe we possess that same potential for greatness? Is it because we want to see the ordinary do something extraordinary?
I asked my husband what inspires him.
His answer: The unimaginable.
Jesus was pretty unimaginable. He’s pretty inspirational too.
Questions to Ponder: What inspires you? And if you’re a writer, how can we inspire others, both with our lives and our stories?