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Rowena Days by Stephanie Faith 2008

I n s p i r a t i o n

"I believe that inspiration can be found anywhere - you just need to open your eyes and feel it."

What inspires me?

I recently had to answer this question on my dressmaking course, we only had a few minutes to write down what we found inspiring and I found it difficult because I know I am inspired by most things. A poem, a fabric, a leaf, a moment, a song - these are just a few things from which I am consciously or not, inspired. In fact, many things inspire all of us!

If I had to pick just a few inspirations (ones which I am aware of) they would be -

  • Autumn

  • The Sea

  • Nature - flora and fauna

  • Dreams

  • Steam trains

  • Journeys

  • Stars - those faraway diamonds in the sky

  • Certain people

  • Dogs

  • Human relationships
  • What - or who - inspires you? Why not give yourself no longer than 5 minutes to write a list of 10 inspirational things? You may be surprised at what makes you tick.

    And Why?

    Autumn inspires me because...
    The days are cooler yet sunny - it's a kind of golden sunshine. The leaves have turned into jewel-like colours, so pleasurable to scrunch them underfoot!, gleefully collect them - those colourful leaves with all their different shapes and sizes. But like a happy dream, Autumn is fleeting, soon to be lost to the grip of Winter.

    The Sea inspires me because...
    I am a child of the sea, grew up by it, lived a 5 minute walk from it. I miss not being able to take long walks along the shore, it's so invigorating yet peaceful.

    Nature, wildlife inspires me because...
    The great outdoors relaxes and fascinates - a kind of playground of which we take for granted. Clear your mind, go for a walk (that's if you're fortunate enough to be able to access the countryside - if not find a park in your city).

    Dreams inspire me because...
    Sleep is also escapism because my dreams are colourful and vivid. My imagination goes into overdrive, I sometimes wake with new ideas.

    Steam trains inspire me because...
    Steam locomotive shows of my early childhood, together with my family and other pleasant people, the divine smell of steam, the excitment of a fair, the taste of hotdogs and sweet tea. Oh the romantic nostalgia of Steam trains! Enormous, powerful, beautiful and reliable - steam trains were once the making of developing nations and industry around the world. Trains in general make me wonder of the lives of the passengers, the journeys they undertake.

    Journeys inspire me because...
    Physical, mental and spiritual journeys - Life is a journey, indeed a journey consisting of a fine, layered network of journeys interweaving, bringing us to all kinds of places.

    Stars inspire me because...
    Whenever my problems overwhelm me I stand outside at night, and if I am fortunate enough to have a clear sky of sparkling stars, seeing them brings comfort and humility...and wonderment of the vastness of all of this.

    Certain people inspire me because...
    Such as - my parents for their drive and determination, their beliefs, their compassion, their creativity and their wonderment.

    Dogs inspire me because...
    They are truly wo(man)'s Best Friend. Loyal, fun, protective, companiable, cute...a member of the family.

    Human relationships inspire me because...
    No wo(man) is an island, we are social creatures needing one another. Even when we seek solitude we find solace reading a story, or watching a film about characters who inspire, sadden, horrify...and ultimately entertain us. And, concerning those people who share part of our own journeys, don't they colour our lives...for good or for bad?

    Take a look at your own inspirational list - why are you inspired by these things or people?

    Nature inspires
    Inspirational Links
    He makes me laugh & think, dear Oscar
    Mere colour, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways.
    - Oscar Wilde

    The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything. Except what is worth knowing. Journalism, conscious of this, and having tradesman-like habits, supplies their demands.
    - Oscar Wilde

    A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.
    - Oscar Wilde

    There can be nothing more frequent than an occasional drink.
    - Oscar Wilde

    Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.
    - Oscar Wilde

    We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
    - Oscar Wilde

    Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.
    - Oscar Wilde

    Life is too important to be taken seriously.
    - Oscar Wilde

    To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
    - Oscar Wilde

    Yet each man kills the thing he loves, By each let this be heard, Some do it with a bitter look, Some with a flattering word, The coward does it with a kiss, The brave man with a sword!
    - Oscar Wilde

    Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.
    - Oscar Wilde

    We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities.
    - Oscar Wilde

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