I don't admit this often, but I was wrong.
Let me start of with this awesome quote from Mark Twain:
I think this really applies to "inspirational" crap as well.
It's not about the words- it's about finding the right words to inspire you.
See the difference?
What gets me inspired and pumped up to write and just be plain awesome might not be what gets other people'e juices flowing.
Here's what gives me strength:
Or, you know, if you want to hear the song if you haven't already check out the video:
To me, this is a song about being an underdog. It's about doubt. It's about figuring out who you are and what it might cost you to be true to yourself. It's about weather or not it is worth doing what you do if you feel like no one understands. To me, it pretty much sums up my Dangers of Being True To Yourself post.
When I need a kick in the pants or when I need to feel like "YES! I may be super nerdy! I may want something that isn't easy (a life where I can be a writer and just write) but NO! I will not give up!" I listen to this song.
Also, sometimes just one or two lines - like the hook or part of the chorus of a song - really empower me. So this one from Imagine Dragons' song "It's Time" is one I shout at the top of my lungs in my car when I need some reassurance.
I'm just the same as I was
Now don't you understand
That I'm never changing who I am!
Then - I also have this lovely picture hanging in my bathroom. Every morning when I brush my teeth I see it. Every night when I get ready for bed, I take it in.
It's "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost.
Some days that road is hard and bumpy. But I am better for it I think, "And that has made all the difference."
I'll wrap this up now - but I do want to share that I made an iMix on iTunes that I think you can search for and download. It's called "Music For Writers" but I really think it can be for anyone who might need a bit of inspiration. Just incase, here's the track list:
- Die Vampire, Die - [title of show]
- Some Nights - fun.
- Through Heavens Eyes - The Prince of Egypt soundtrack
- Defying Gravity - I like the Glee version and the original so whatever floats your boat
- Just Dance - Lady Gaga
- I Want It All - Queen
- Eye of the Tiger - Rocky Soundtrack
- Stronger - Kelly Clarkson
- It's Time - Imagine Dragons
- Paperback Writer - The Beatles
- Open Book - Cake
What songs empower you? What words? Share them here or just find them and hold on to them. The right words make all the difference.