I'm a fairly simple man. There's not much to me. I'm more or less predictable, my responses are numbered, and my interests are few and far between. So to wonder about what inspires me left me thinking that I might just be a really uninspired person.
It's not difficult to see, once you know me, that my motivations lack conviction. I say I will do a lot of things and while I'd like to think many of these things are accomplished, sometimes it takes forever. I suppose it's a side effect of trying to be more laid back: just let things run their courses and all will be well. The world, with or without my involvement, continues to turn. But I'd also like to think I have my moments of relative productivity.
After thinking about it for some time, it dawned on me that this prompt wasn't about how inspired I was to take action, but rather what inspires me when I do take action. What a load off the shoulders, eh? From that perspective, there is a definitive answer.
I'm a visual person. If you ask me to choose between a novel or a picture book, I will choose the one with the more interesting cover, and proceed to not read it. They say to not judge a book by the cover, but I'm pretty sure that idiom is reserved for when talking about people, not actual books. So I threw that out the window.
Anyway, I think the one thing that stirs something in my heart is seeing something be made out of nothing. Using the example of typography, it's one thing to draw/write a beautiful piece with good ol' pen and paper, but it's an entirely different beast to be able to create letterforms with pins and string.
When different mediums are used for things we're so used to seeing (i.e. writing on a lemon instead of paper), sparks well up in me and for a brief moment I am inspired to do something different. I guess "making something out of nothing" is my way of saying "thinking outside of the box".
I'm also a sucker for good stories. Sometimes, I find myself reading synopses of movies, whether I've seen them or not, based on if they got good reviews solely to see what kind of story elicited fervent responses from the general public. Other times, I find myself reading a comic and thinking to myself, "Well, that was unthinkably impressive". The way some authors are able to weave their words is inspiring, in a way.
I don't know. There's not really a point to this post. If you were looking to take something away from this, I guess keep reading because there's nothing up there.
When it comes to inspiration, I think it should really feel like a fire starting to burn. Take that physically, mentally, emotionally... whatever. But something will well up inside that pushes you to do something you've never thought of before. I think that's what inspiration really is: a stimulus to bring you places unexplored by your mind. It'll be exciting, maybe confusing, and a tad improbable, but it won't be scary. I can say that with 90% certainty. I wanna say 100%, but that'd be a lie. Sorry not sorry.
But yeah, for some of you it'll be quotes. Others, images. Still others, it'll be stories, whether the stories are on the news or on TV. But whatever it is, let that feeling burn inside you. Don't let it go, because it'll only be harder to get back the longer you wait. Maybe that's why I feel I'm a little uninspired? Maybe I waited too long. This is me telling you not to. In a totally-non-aggressive-or-urgent voice. But really, don't wait if you're inspired to do something.
Don't be lazy!