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Date Posted: 22:31:05 06/20/20 Sat
Author: Comicality
Subject: Inspiration...
In reply to: River Acheron 's message, "(E) Where Does Inspiration Come From?" on 21:09:28 06/18/20 Thu

I once wrote in the story, 'Jesse-101'...

"I guess....I just like the idea that I can take something that's swimming around in my head, and actually put it 'out there' somewhere for people to see. That I can somehow connect with people that I've never met before, and they can find me. It's like this magical little imprint that will be here long after I'm dead and buried, you know?...The internet...it's like the new 'cave painting'" And I truly believe in that idea. I men, I'm well aware of the fact that I'm not going to live forever. And every piece of me, everything that I didn't share and spread to other people...will be gone for good. It's like a waste to NOT share it. Why let my life and those moments and emotions be buried with me when I could leave them behind to connect and possibly inspire those who come after me?

That's a big part of what inspires me. The idea that I can leave a positive footprint behind. That people who were still in middle school when they first found my stories are now fully grown adults with husbands and houses and full time jobs...but they can still look back and think, "Oh wow, I remember that story from way back when I was still trying to figure things out." It's like a singer who's songs still inspire a smile decades after being recorded, or Disney cartoons that still have that warm place in your heart. For Star Wars fans and X-Files fans and anybody who watched "Stranger Things" and though, 'Oh WOW! I remember that!'

That's what inspires me more than anything. Just knowing that something that I created out of thin air, my feelings and my experiences and my fantasies...are now a permanent part of someone else. It might be someone that I've never met or have even spoken to online...but a seed was planted. And when I'm dead and gone, some piece of me will live on through what I tried to give to other people. So I always want to keep going. I want to tell it all. I want to exhaust myself draining my every emotion dry so that people can see me for who I am. And remember, someday...that I was here. And that I tried to make a difference. Even if only for entertainment's sake. :)

As for the macro/micro idea of the universe over self, I think I'm of the opposite mindset. I tend to always look inward and self reflect. I think an awareness of both sides are important, but I believe it's the sharing of our unique interpretations of the world that allows us to understand one another. I mean, a super wealthy teenager who never worked a day in his life, a single mother working 9 to 5 as a waitress, a struggling drug dealer, a rural area preacher, a transgender college student, and a 75 year old war veteran, simply can't see the world in the same way. But that doesn't mean that we can't absorb and understand their perspective once it's been explained to us. And that's inspiring to me. Putting my thoughts out there to find like minded individuals. Some understanding of who I am. Some acceptance. It allows me to realize that I'm not totally crazy. And more importantly, that I'm not alone.

I think that there are basic parts of our humanity that we all share. Parts of ourselves that we can't escape, even if we wanted to. All the lies and distraction and denial in the world can't erase the bond we share at our very core. We've all been tired. We all get scared sometimes. We get angry, we fall in love, we laugh, we cry...we've all been hurt before. The deeper I dig into my own feelings, the better I understand them. The better I understand them, the more effective I can be at translating those feelings into words and sharing them with other people. And THAT...leaves the 'footprint' that I was talking about.

To be able to reach out and touch something so intimate, and so deeply embedded in all of us? That's where my inspiration comes from. And I only hope to get better at it in the years to come. :)

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