Author Bradley Finnearty
Finding inspiration is as unique to a person as their own personalities. I don't see how someone can say to get inspiration from this or from that so everyone can or should. I get it from many different places.
In my article How My Bipolar Past Affects My Hope For A Future I chronicle my life and how Bipolar2 affects my judgement and hopes for a future. For those who fight this problem every day they understand exactly what I am talking about. The constant fight against something that removes your hope also affects your motivation and inspiration. I may find someone like Steve Jobs who inspires me to fight but the reminder that comes from inside my head a lot of the time says "just give up, you will never be like this person."
"I take inspiration from everyone and everything. I'm inspired by current champions, former champions, true competitors, people dedicated to their dream, hard workers, dreamers, believers, achievers." --Conor McGregor
But I am not trying to be like that person. That is the confusing part that my mind grapples with. I am trying to be like me. I just like to look at people and go "They did it, I can too. Their fight is no greater than my fight."
So I fight and I find inspiration and motivation in any way I can. I find inspiration from not only people who have succeeded but also those who are working to reach their goals. The ones who have full time jobs, a family to take care of and their own problems but also in their free time put in the countless hours to reach their dreams. I find inspiration from my children who all have grown wings and soared to levels that I not only can dream of, but only dream to achieve. I find motivation from the greats who fought to not only overcome the hardships that reaching for your dreams impose, but to overcome themselves and the self destructive things they do to snatch defeat from the mouth of victory. Something that I have done often.
I have met some very inspirational people in the last few years who have worked hard to make their own paths. Some of them I have written about in articles. People like Mitch Kirkpatrick, Julia Neville, Cher Mitchell, and Darren McGrath.
I have also worked with some other highly inspirational people. One would be Steve Garufi whom has ridden his bike across America three times now and wrote a book about the second trip. There is also Drew Greene who is part owner of the Columbus Fire Football Team. His posts on Facebook and other social media are always positive and have a moral to them. He does this while dealing with some very heavy personal issues that I will not discuss here. There is also Tonya (Sportzkelz) Kelly who is a survivor of Thyroid cancer and is working extremely hard on her announcing career. She has made great gains at being recognized for her abilities and has landed events on HBO and other places. I have gained inspiration from my own mother who was a single mother during a time when women just could not do those things without having a husband. She bought her own house, she raised her kids and lived a full life. All without a husband.
The stories of these people are ones that will inspire anyone to go for what they want.
Stories like those of my own children. My two daughters who have worked their ways through college to both get masters degrees. My oldest daughter was single mother while doing most of it. Worked full time, went to school and raised a son. Did I mention that some of this went on while she was in the Navy and serving during the 2nd Iraq war.? That is inspirational right there.
How about my second daughter who worked through a masters degree only to have the economy fall apart and the need for that degree to fall apart with it. Who then had to go back and start all over again. And did it.
But the biggest part of it is not finding the inspiration but the motivation to do all of this. There is a big difference between the two. Inspiration is defined as "the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative." Motivation is defined as "the general desire or willingness of someone to do something." So someone may stimulate to be creative or productive but what gives you the general desire to to do it?
My own personal motivation in many ways comes from the desire to be a better person than I was yesterday. To do better than I did yesterday. To move forward every day. I am motivated by my wife to make her say "He is my husband and I am so proud of him." To have my children say "That is my dad, he wasn't perfect but he works every day to be better and I am proud of him for that." I am motivated by the desire to be proud of the things I do. And to know that I am using my skills to help those that I can help in what ever way I can do it.
My inspiration and motivation is to become the person I want to be. To as they say be the change I want to see. The world has become a huge hate filled place with mean selfish people who only care about what they want. In some ways I was that person for many years. I have no desire to keep that life.
So whatever your goal is. Whatever your dream do what you can to find the inspiration and the motivation to be who you want to be. I am not only talking about your dreams and desires to for things like doing the job you want and the things you want. But what about being the person you want to be. What about doing something to help others without expecting payment or anything else in return. I know they say "nice guys finish last" but won't you have finished first if you were the one that they point to when they say "I couldn't have done it without you."
About the author
I am a certified webmaster who has lived a life dealing with bipolar depression. My goal is to not only help others dealing with bipolar and depression but to help those around them to understand what is going with their loved ones. I write about how I deal with it and hope that it inspires you to understand that you don't have to let it control you. You control it. I write the way I talk. I want you to feel like I am talking with you in a conversation, not preaching at you in a way that makes you feel like you have to do what I tell you. I hope you enjoy my blog posts about not only bipolar but all things that I write about.
What about you? Where do you get inspiration from? Do you have people in your life who help you feel like you can do anything you put your mind to?