Accio Inspiration Part I

Accio is a word from the Harry Potter world. It is used as a charm that summons an object towards the caster. For it to work, the object must be clear in the caster’s mind before trying to summon it.

When it comes to inspiration, more often than not, I feel like a caster. I find myself continually looking for sources of inspiration and actively calling for it. Recently I have been focusing (and slightly obsessing) about the concept rather than the sources.

The word inspiration comes from the Latin word: inspirare, which was first defined as divine guidance. If you google its meaning, inspiration now is defined as the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative. A second meaning describes it as a sudden brilliant or timely idea. Inspiration is usually linked to creativity and credibility.

The Collins English Dictionary defines inspiration as a feeling of enthusiasm you get from someone or something, which gives you new and creative ideas. This is my favorite definition so far. I have many thoughts (some contradicting ones) about inspiration, its concept, sources and meanings. What I know for sure is that I feel the happiest when I feel inspired.

Somedays, I wish that inspiration could just be summoned with a simple spell. “Accio inspiration,” Ta-ra! She instantly writes 20 pages. It would be awesome, right?

It is definitely not my intention to bore you with a post about inspiration, that would be just plain ironic.

Let me stop myself and ask you: what is your personal meaning of inspiration? What inspires you?

More thoughts coming on Part II.

Thank you for reading me,
M.

Recent Inspiration Source: Casa Batlló, modernist building designed by Gaudí in Barcelona.

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