No matter how driven you are in life, occasionally, we all feel a lack of motivation. The wearisome world, with its need for a monstrous monotonous routine, can leave us feeling drained. During these times, it’s important you find a way to inspire yourself. Inspiration can be the boredom breaking boost we need to push ourselves from apathy to possibility, boosting our mindfulness, our workload, and our creativity.
There are so many different ways to keep us inspired. Immersing yourself in art, or music. Looking up to a someone in your life. Taking a brisk walk through the beauty of nature in winter. Or simply just taking the time to be mindful of your goals, and how you’re going to get there.
But what do you do when you want some on-the-spot inspiration that fits right in with your revision plan? At TopperQ we turn to our inspirational heroes. More specifically, things they’ve said. To help, we’ve outline four incredibly inspirational people and four inspiring things they’ve said, for when you need a deux-ex-machina style strand of heaven-sent inspiration.
“The limits of the possible can only be defined by going beyond them into the impossible” - Arthur C Clarke
Arthur C Clarke is a British Science-Fiction writer, futurist, inventor, undersea explorer and television host. He is mostly known for co-writing the screenplay to ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’. In 1961, he was awarded the Kalinga prize, for bringing sci-fi to the people, and making it popular.
Clarke predicted a number of sensational scientific advancements such as space travel and the satellites that make your phone fly. Clarke’s fictional work relied heavily on concepts that he believed potentially possible, and gave inspiration to many a young scientist who chose to work towards bringing his visions alive. Much of the technology we have today is based on Clarke’s theories.
He was a man who truly bent the definition of truth, proving that what you might think impossible really does come true.
“It is never too late to be who you might have been” - George Eliot
George Eliot is the pen-name of Mary Ann Evans - one of the leading writers of the Victorian Era. She is the author of seven novels, alongside being a poet and a translator.
Eliot made the conscious choice to release her works under a male-sounding pen name due to oppressive attitudes towards women writers in the Victorian times. It worked - her novel ‘Middlemarch’ has been described by many literary critics as the greatest novel in the English language. Considered too plain to marry, Eliot’s father, incredibly, invested in her education. After this, she moved to London with the dream of becoming a writer, where she ended up writing the marvellous majority of The Westminster Review, before journeying on to her own dizzying literary heights.
Eliot lived her life by a manifesto set out for herself, which damned the try-hard trivial romance plot championed by other female writers. She was also well-known for her politicised and astute tongue, often taking inspiration from her own stormy private-life.
An incredible literary force, Eliot was a woman who’ll inspire you to be whoever you want to be, no matter what anyone else might mutter.
“From a small seed, a mighty trunk may grow” - Aeschylus
For your next inspiration expert, you’re going old-school. Aeschylus is an ancient Greek tragedian. He’s often called the father of tragedy, as knowledge of the tragic genre can be traced right back to his work.
He invented the integral narrative structure we see today, and enabled characters to talk to each other rather than to just themselves, and the chorus. If you’re partial to a Netflix spree, you have this guy to thank - there’s also overwhelming evidence that he was the first person to present his writings as a trilogy. So, next time you’re asked if you want to keep watching, Aeschylus says yes!
Before he suffered a bout of heavenly inspiration, Aeschylus worked in a vineyard with his Dad - which is no doubt where he took his tree-trunk metaphor from.
It’s true then, that no idea will grow without you planting the seed of inspiration. Just remember to thank Aeschylus that not all seeds end in tragedy.
“The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and be greater than our suffering” - Ben Okri
Last but not least then, a little inspiration for when you’re feeling as though life is long and very much on top of you. Ben Okri is a Nigerian poet and novelist. He is considered one of the foremost authors in postmodern and postcolonial tradition. After being rejected from studying physics at the age of 14 (they said he was too young), Okri decided he was going to become a poet.
His work addresses consciousness, perception, and dreams, and blends fantasy and reality together. Through this, he exposes truth about the perfect perseverance of the human spirit - and champions our intrinsic survival instinct as artistic inspiration.
Basically, he says, if you’re feeling down, just remember - you’ve survived 100% of your bad days.
You got this.
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