Wednesday, 29 August 2012
Inspiration And Influence
I had some writers block, and couldn't think of something I wanted to write, so enjoy this thing I wrote a few months ago. This is also the third time I've had to publish this. Hopefully it will work properly. It does mean I'm missing a comment from YeamieWaffles so I'll just copy and paste it here so it is not totally gone. He said "The ultimate lesson summed up is a great one man, this post has been really informative, I never really looked too deeply into the differences between inspiration and influence, I really hadn't. By the way, for some reason this post didn't come up on my reading list today, weird one." and I hope the poor guy doesn't comment on the same post twice in one day.
Nearly everyone has an inspiration. Some are good, some are bad. For me inspiration seems to go hand in hand with influence. In fact let's have a quick look at definitions so I don't sound like a dumbass.
The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, esp. to do something creative: "flashes of inspiration".
The quality of having been so stimulated, esp. when evident in something: "a moment of inspiration in an otherwise dull display
The capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something, or the effect itself.
So you can argue that if you influence someone, you are also inspiring them. As hard as it may be to believe, I can be quite inspiring myself. Often influential too. I say it may be hard to believe because of the fact that I lack inspiration so much. I can inspire and motivate anyone but myself is the simple way to put it. But the fact remains that I have done it before. Sometimes it doesn't go so well, sure, but sometimes it can. I'm not likely to convince a person to go on a killing spree, but I have at least managed to convince them not to kill themselves. At least twice. Go me.
As I was saying earlier, there is such a thing as a bad inspiration, a bad influence. When we were in school the teachers actually thought that Jessie was a very bad influence on me, and separated us a lot. Then of course things got so bad for her at school she left early. The bastards had achieved their ultimate goal. Kind of. We still saw eachother pretty much every school day. She was in the end the best influence in my life, and is constantly inspiring me to better myself. Without her I wouldn't have taken some of the steps I have to improve my life, and I may never have broken out of my serious depression a few years ago.
The actual bad influences in life are ones that cause you to do bad things, of course. I say that one of the best things about having no peers is that I had no peer pressure. I count things that give both men and women bad body images (yes girls it's possible for a guy to have a bad body image) as bad influences. The girls you look at in magazines can't even hope to look like that, thanks to the miracle of air brushing. Compare yourself to real people. Only change what you actually want to. Not everything you think is a problem is in fact a problem.
In short, be careful who you allow to influence you, and don't make the wrong choice.