I took a road trip this weekend by myself. It didn’t start out as a solo road trip but that’s how it turned out. Some people were surprised I didn’t cancel the trip all together and although I was disappointed my friend couldn’t join me, it actually worked out for the best. Here’s why: the trip incorporated several elements which I know specifically inspire me and connect me to the best version of myself. How could I say no to that?
I have a busy life, just like you. Currently I have a lot of demands on my time that are non-negotiable and very little time to spend pursuing things that are personally important to me. That isn’t a complaint by any means, just a description of my current day-to-day life. Inside all of those mandatory activities, it can be difficult for me to check in with my goals, my inspirations, my passions. However, one thing I’ve learned is there are very specific situations where I instantly connect with my core self– the place where I truly know what I want, what goals are important to me and exactly how I want to do to change the world. The funny thing is, none of these situations are specifically geared toward inspiration. It just happens whenever I find myself there.
Just as a point of reference, here’s my list:
- Driving for extended periods of time
- Singing with abandon to great music
- Seeing live music
- Connecting with other people in meaningful ways
- Finding some true silence both externally and internally
The great thing about my weekend is I had the opportunity to experience all of these things at different points and it allowed me to be in contact with my true, authentic self. When that happens, inspiration can’t help but bubble up and out like a spring. Luckily, I am aware of this phenomenon in my life so I made sure to have a notebook and pen on the front seat of the car so I could jot down all the thoughts I wanted to capture as they came up. Now that I am home, I have the harder task of deciphering what I wrote while I was driving. It’s hard to write legibly with your non-dominant hand while watching the road and scribbling frantically before a fleeting idea leaves your head.
People connect to their true selves in lots of different ways. Do you know those specific places where it happens for you? Here are a few more examples of situations that work for other people I know:
- Physical acitivites- running, rock climbing, surfing, hiking etc.
- Practicing Yoga
- Sitting in Meditation a few minutes every day
- Going to events and meeting new people who do something different than you
- Reading non-fiction books on topics that interest you
- Vision Boarding
Can you name the activities that foster inspiration within you? Take a few moments and see what you come up with. If nothing springs to mind, try to remember a time where you were truly yourself- when you knew exactly who you were and where you were heading. Then think about the very specific situation where you felt this way- are there events or activities there you can replicate to feel that way again?
Once you’ve got yourself a list of these events, can you make some space in your life to experience them at least occasionally? When you do, bring paper and a pen. You’re going to need them to remember all the great ideas and inspiration that bubble up out of you.