Thursday, May 28, 2015

Quick Write: What inspires you?

Now, I don't want to make a turn into the sappy for this blog, but this question was being thrown a lot at work lately. A lot of people have been unsurprisingly answering their families and their kids. I mean, yes, it's a given. But I feel otherwise. Does that make me selfish?

So let's not go into the semantics of whether inspiration is the same as motivation. But for the sake of this post, let's say they're equally the same.

So whats inspires me?

My first reaction was: Beauty. As abstract and hipstery this sounds, what makes me want to create is because there are so many beautiful things to draw inspiration from. There are so many ways and so much potential to create Beauty - whether it may be art or a good deed.

Inasmuch as the world is already beautiful as it is, if you could only add one more beautiful thing to it, then to me that's what drives me to do more.

I am inspired by great women who came before me, those who paved the way, the  crazy ones as Apple called them.
Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
I want to be the next Bossypants like Tina Fey, who knows when a person is in between her and what she wants to do. Also does not hire people who were jerky to her.

So, my unsolicited advice to women in the workplace is this. When faced with sexism, or ageism, or lookism, or even really aggressive Buddhism, ask yourself the following question: “Is this person in between me and what I want to do?” If the answer is no, ignore it and move on. Your energy is better used doing your work and outpacing people that way. Then, when you’re in charge, don’t hire the people who were jerky to you.” 
- Tina Fey, Bossypants 


I want to be like Mindy Lahiri (more Lahiri than Kaling though) who likes shopping, not into culture (except the popular kind), and watches bad TV. Aside from the fact that she's good at what she does, she knows what she wants and goes for it.

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I inspire ME.

Lastly, I am inspired, as self-centered as this sounds, by myself. I am given the privilege to wake up every morning and think of no one else but myself. My parents gave me a comfortable life to only work for me and enough assurance to not always seek for their approval. I wake up every morning for me. Some people might find it lonely, but as comparison is the thief of joy,  I only find happiness in besting myself and nobody else.

How about you, guys? What inspires you? It can be as shallow or as profound as you want it.

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