What inspires you? I spend a great deal of my time on social media. Not scrolling but as a part of what I do for a living. In order to know how to meet people’s needs I spend time seeing what people want to learn, are struggling with and where they need encouragement. When I set out to create For Real Life, I had no idea that what I would be observing would be more of an inspiration for me than a way to create content that would inspire others.
Although not an exhaustive list, because I can find inspiration in many people, here’s a list of people that seem to always inspire me:
Single Moms – I was one, it’s a tough road.
Parents with special needs children – so amazing to see such unconditional love.
People overcoming major illness – I have an on-going illness, so I get the struggle and am always encouraged and inspired by others doing the hard work to live their best life.
Entrepreneurs – There is nothing easy about running your own business no matter what size, there are decisions to make every day and the buck always stops with the owner.
Inspiring authors and bloggers – Yes, you are truly inspiring. It can be lonely world to write and put yourself out there not knowing how or who you will impact.
Aging adults – There is so much to learn from the previous generation. My parents came from “The Greatest Generation” and the wisdom is deep with those who have gone before us.
Young adults – The Millennial generation has gotten a bad rap. There are always down sides to each generation but looking at this generation inspires me to be my best.
Teachers – I’m always amazing, mainly because I would never have the patience to do what you do. I have no idea how you do it every day. No matter what age group you teach, you inspire me to do bigger things.
Our military and their families – God bless you. You do what others won’t so that we can live out our lives the way we choose. Thank you.
The lonely – Yes, I see you. You may have lost a spouse or family or just have life circumstances that has left you empty and lonely. I see you and you matter.
What I know
When I observe these people who inspire me, I also find so much commonality. We aren’t all that different. It seems that today everyone wants to look at how we are different. That’s easy, what’s harder is seeing where we are the same. I’ve traveled to places most people think are scary. I’ve met people that most people would be afraid to talk to. Here’s what I’ve found. People are people no matter their gender, culture, where they live, what they look like. There is comfort in that. To know that we are all wired to want certain things in life. To feel safe, to be loved and to know that we matter.
Who inspires you? If you don’t have an answer to this question, think about how you might inspire someone. There is always someone who inspires and needs you for inspiration. I would love to hear from you.