Apparently, it is Mardi Gras in June– hey… whatever I have to do to get you to show me your beautiful inspiring things; I understand that it is late, so please step away from the bathroom mirror unless you are holding a squeegee. Post your art, poetry, lit, or just inspiring words. art, or music here instead. If you are in AP Nerd Words– that is “advanced placement” in Fear Harnessing 2 and I will throw you some plastic beads- even Moon Pie for the removing mask.
Who isn’t Inspired by WINNING?
What inspired me last week? Many things but none as inspiring as Mira’s fortitude as she set out to find new music and complete The New Artist Challenge I made. She made it her mission to explain her connection to the lyrics and music of an artist who is new to her after she was inspired by my first article, “Unlikely Review as Poetry: Billy Lord’s New Song“.
In life it’s usually not about the thing at all though, is it?
At first thought, it sounds easy, but to experience a desire one day, follow-up, follow-through, and deliver five days later- I mean…really hit send… All I know is that it took me years to hit that button for my own personal thoughts, so how can I not be inspired by Mira? From some place, she pulled courage from inside what many must work to build. My first question was about just that– wanting to know what was challenging to her. Everyone has obstacles- some more than others at any time, so I considered whether that could be an inherent trait for her. But in her answer, I found that her insecurities are like mine and others: “Is this OK? Will they understand what I’m trying to say? How will they judge me based on how I express these thoughts? What if it really is a competition? How will it stack up?”- whatever. But she harnessed them to aid her personal growth and for that, I’m proud.
Does winning by default or on a technicality like following submission instructions… really count?
Even if this were a competition and if there were rules and she won by default technically, that’s life isn’t it? …could I win a football game by golfing on the 50 yard line? I even have a little saying that goes, “I don’t have to like the rules…I just gotta know ’em” but seriously, every year a new actor gets a film, athlete drafted, person finds love, or author gets published… Regardless of the gifts, heart, or circumstances of the ones who desired to compete but could not. And admittedly, I was not initially inspired by the artist, himself, John Mayer because the only music of his that I had ever passively heard was the Wonderland song, and…OK it was tabloid bias, so it would have had to have been a Picasso in order to initially convert me, but I’m not proud.
I promised to write about the music shared if I felt inspired, I was inspired instead by the music of Mira’s persistence– for her I gave it another go today. Ya know? I did pick up a new point about the song that I found interesting, and I’m really excited to explore it.
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