WordPress is chock full of people writing 5-step lists of things they aren’t experts on, and from day one I really, really didn’t want to be one of those people. It’s easy though, isn’t it? Most of it is recycled, borderline-meaningless rumor that we’ve read elsewhere and repeat without any second thought. It’s almost impossible to even find the root of what some of these beliefs are because they’ve been passed down for so long, we don’t know who originally came up with the idea.
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Inspiration has been on my mind a lot lately. What it is… what causes it. I’ve come to believe that inspiration is simply people. I wanted the word people to be bigger but WordPress doesn’t give me the option to make the font size larger (yes I know, I could do it with HTML or CSS. Reality isn’t as funny as the world in my imagination, and if you’re reading this in the WordPress reader, I’m pretty certain that added HTML doesn’t even work). Just imagine that I’m really emphasizing the word people.
No art is created in a vacuum. Every great work of art is the result of at least an unwitting collaboration if not a conscious one, whether or not the credited artist wants to admit to that. 2500 years ago, some sculptor in Greece was sharing locker-room jokes with some friends and then decided “you know what, I’m gonna put a dick on this one”. Then everybody in Greece started putting dicks on their statues. The repercussions of this extend down to modern day classroom sketches.
There is a point to this! The point is that if you’re feeling like you’ve lost your “mojo”, your creative spark, get out and be with people. You don’t even have to talk to them… just observe the world. View and listen to other things people have created. There was a restaurant at the mall by my house called BlackFin which went out of business. Someone bought the property and to save money on signage just replaced the word “Black” with “Burger” to make it BurgerFin. That is true postmodern inspiration in action right there. What does BurgerFin even mean? Fuck if I know. They’ll be shuttered in a year anyway.