Wednesday, 27 July 2016

A window into inspiration

As cheesy as this may read, this post provides an insight into how I can be inspired by pop music and culture.  Here I will give you a window into how three songs (which were mentioned a while ago) inspired me to pursue a career.  However, I do get inspired by many other things most of which are people.  Which is portably why I love to listen and read about peoples stories.

Inspiration can arrive in many shapes and forms.  Songs can inspire you at the time you need and feel it most.  When I was younger I was in a serious time of motivational need and as I was educationally challenged back then, these songs were a sign for me to make a leap forward into creating a career.  Pop music and culture has a significant influence on my inspiration and motivation and there's too many songs to mention here.  But the following ones below did have a clear impact on me those years ago.  Two of which were released well before I left school, they somehow re-emerged into my life and stuck with me.  So here's that window...

Gwen Stefani 'What You Waiting For?'

"Naturally I'm worried if I do it alone.
Who really cares 'coz it's your life you never know, it could be great.
Take a chance 'coz you might grow."

Making the first step to do something you want or need to do is always an effort.  I released the chains that were holding me back from making the decision to improve myself and hopefully be rewarded with a great career.  I felt overwhelmed of what was to come, but feeling the potential outcomes kept me focussed.

"You know it all by heart, why are you standing in one place?"
"Life is short, you're capable."

I questioned myself regularly if I was capable of actually taking the leap in making such huge changes.  But I was reminded that I do know what I am doing and I know where my intentions are taking me.  Everything I needed was within me, I just had to discover it.

Destiny's Child 'Independent Women'

"I worked hard and sacrificed to get what I get."

I knew what hard work was ahead of me and it meant that I would have to miss some things out.  I was prepared to sacrifice the pay I had to lose from a full-time job at Morrison's to an apprenticeship.  I declined a large number of friend and family social events so that I could concentrate on the studies I took on.  I became somewhat of a hermit at times.

"Depend on no one else to give you what you want."

I am still hung up on this line today.  Everything I have achieved and want I feel I have to independently get myself.  It's because of this line that I have self-motivated myself and not to rely on others to do it for me.  As a result I have become such an independent and proactive person that knows how to get what they want and need, but without the expense of others.

Destiny's Child 'Survivor'

"Thought that I'd be helpless without you, but I'm smarter."
"You thought I wouldn't sell without you, sold nine million."
"Thought that I would fail without you, but I'm on top."

I have faced a lot of adversity on the way and obstacles to overcome.  Perhaps there were some deliberate barriers to stop me achieving what I wanted.  But they were lessons in which to learn from.  The people that were against me and said wrong about me in achieving and being successful, I have proved that I am stronger and better than they realised.

"I'm not gon' stop.
I'm gon' work harder."

At times it was extremely hard, especially studying and doing certain tasks.  But I prevailed by keeping focussed on my outcomes.  I had to throw myself into situations to raise my confidence, knowledge and skills.  I reminded myself with saying things like "I wouldn't be doing anything better with my time, so I might as well be doing something worthwhile".

"You know I'm not gon' diss you on the internet."

I don't and won't publicly shame people on the internet.  I find it very unnecessary and it does more damage to the victim than it does the offender.  I respect my positivity and do not respond to any kind of negativity.  It's just a downward spiral for both people and I'd rather not be a part of it.  Social media makes it easier to react to negativity and possibly pointless things.  I just don't get attached to it, whatever the offender has done, they will learn it in their own way.

"If I surround my self with positive things.
I'll gain prosperity."

Throughout the hard work and challenges I have had to face, I've become a person I always wanted to be.  I now feel confident, knowledgeable and feel I have meaning to what I stand for.  I've achieved interpersonal and professional goals that I set out do.  Now it's time to enjoy what I have achieved and look back on my progress but also to start making new goals.