Inspiration and the Human Condition

People inspire me.

I tend to repeat that over and over but it’s true. Every person I come across makes me think about myself in different ways, from asking myself How can I be more like him? or Is there a reason I know this person at this point in my life?

See, a large part of life revolves around timing. If you leave a bar five minutes earlier than you normally would, maybe you won’t meet the woman you were destined to fall in love with. That example is more along the lines of believing fate and destiny, but the example works in this case nonetheless. A job you take when you’re 18 years old is probably 360 degrees different from a job you would take when you’re 27 years old, mainly because the time in between made you a different person. You learned more about yourself through genuine life experience, and you learned plenty from others.

But you don’t need to look only at other human beings for inspiration. After all, everything on this bountiful planet provides some sort of clarity for our existence:

When you wake up, look at the sun shining outside and how the reflection of the sun’s rays beautifully bounce off the roofs of houses.

When you’re standing in your driveway, appreciate the birds flocking together in droves across the sky, immune to all human frailty.

As you are driving, notice the rather young child sitting in the front passenger seat of the minivan, talking to his mother about whatever is on his mind. It will remind you of your childhood and the moments that went by too fast.

When your friend is telling you something, listen. I mean, really, listen. You can interpret feelings and behavior just from observing one’s form of communication, and emphasis on different words and phrases will make you aware that there is a reason your friend is pouring his or her heart out to you and nobody else. Appreciate that.

Open a door for somebody you don’t know. Because even if they don’t thank you, you will not think back to that moment three hours later and wonder why you didn’t do a nice thing for someone else. Values are integral to human development, especially the maturation of society as a whole.

Look at plant life, from bushes to trees to grass. Think of every branch acting as an arm that holds the tree up and lets it stand tall.Think of how every blade of grass is an individual organism, needing nutrients to survive.  The parallels between human beings and these ‘lesser’ organisms should never be forgotten, or worse, unappreciated.

When you are eating out at a restaurant, whether fancy or rather ordinary, observe other people around you. Notice how one family could be having a jovial time while another family may seem more quiet and reserved, maybe because of an incident that happened earlier that day. Not all people are happy all the time, and when you come to terms with that then life becomes a lot more bearable.

Stand outside in the rain, even for a brief moment, and imagine the depths in which these vast amounts of drops are coming from. Think of how a beautiful day can instantly turn into the darkest of nights, and how one cloud can ruin a perfectly good moment — even for a short while.

Enjoy animals and understand the beauty in which they function. A dog can feel your pain more than you know, but so can a tiger or a fish or a bee. The cycle of life is almost too real for our own good, yet we must find beauty in the chaos.

Learn from people you don’t understand; do not run away from them. Bigotry not only hurts others, but it also hurts your own self-being. Humans are intended to mentally grow from birth, not digress. If someone or something rubs you the wrong way, make a legitimate effort to find out why and address these concerns. Not every human being is the same; it is the beauty of our species.

Finally, never forego a chance to tell someone or something, “I love you.” You may never have another opportunity.

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