WE ARE ALL INSPIRED BY SOMETHING.
For me, I would have to say that music is one of my biggest sources of inspiration. I love discovering new music. I definitely have several playlists containing music that inspires me simply because the beat is fun and makes me want to dance along with it, or because it keeps me pumped up during a workout. But the music that truly inspires is in those songs that begin as background noise and by the time they are over I find that my attention has been fully captured. Everything else has faded into the background for the moment and I am swept away. Sometimes it is the lyrics; suddenly I feel as if my soul has been laid open and the exact combination of words were crafted to speak to my heart at the precise moment I most needed to hear them. Sometimes it is the emotion of the song that acts as a much-needed friend come to keep me company. The story of a song can capture me as it tells of a hope, a disappointment, a passion or a heartbreak that I can directly relate to or sympathize with. Sometimes it is the music itself; the beauty of a melody, the perfectly scripted compilation of notes and keys pieced together through passionate devotion. One can hardly help but admire the creation of a fervently disciplined composer.
I love the way a song that I have listened to a dozen times will play and in that moment, the song takes on a whole new meaning. I find myself being moved or inspired in a deeply emotional way. Suddenly the song has a very personal message that I desperately needed to experience. It is always a fascinating phenomenon to me to be able to connect with a song on an almost spiritual level.
Music is such a wonderful expression of the desperation we all have to be a part of something bigger, something more. Music tells us that we are not alone. The heartache and brokenness of experiencing sudden loss, the thrill of new opportunities, the passion of true love, the peace of contentment; these things are universal, they have all been experienced by someone else and immortalized through their music. When a certain song begins to play and I find myself falling into its embrace, I am reminded that I am a part of something more than myself, something that has no age, gender or racial boundaries. Music unites us, creates common ground and reminds us that no matter who we are, no matter where we come from or where we are going, we were all created in the same image. The uniqueness of our gender, our skin color, our heritage, our life experience; those things are what make us individually special, interesting, captivating but never utterly different. We each feel love, joy, peace, happiness, pain, and heartache in the same way. Our circumstances may differ but the capacity in which we experience those circumstances is the same. That capacity is what grounds us, connects us, and inextricably binds us to each other through equality and belonging that far supersedes any sum of our differences.
What a beautiful gift we have in something as seemingly simple as music in our lives. Next time you are stopped in your tracks by a piece of music, for whatever reason, I hope you will close your eyes and take a moment to find inspiration in the part you were designed to play in the bigger picture of this life. This world is not a lonely place that you have arbitrarily descended upon. You are a part of something bigger, something more, and something exciting. And you are not here by accident; you have an inimitable role to play. Allow the pull of that perfectly placed song to remind you that you are not alone. Allow it to anchor you to the image you were created in, knowing that your life and the story of your experience is an invaluable piece to a puzzle that would be incomplete without you. No matter how simple or complex, not matter how charmed or tragic you believe your life to be, the one thing that is never in question is that you are essential and without equal. You are an extraordinary part of something more. In the words of Brit Nicole, “You’re worth more than GOLD”.
“Gold” by Britt Nicole.
What inspires you?