What inspires you?
When you’re in a car, do you take in the things around you as you pass, such as hills, houses, people walking, the sunrise or sunset?
When you’re walking, do you notice the pretty flowers someone took great care to plant in their front yard or flower boxes? Do you notice the tiny twinkling red, white and blue lights around a window or door frame?
How about smells? Do you smell pine trees or smoke from a fire pit or barbecue? The saying isn’t “Stop and smell the roses” for nothing!
Well STOP! Take a deep breath and BE STILL. LOOK around you. SMELL the flowers and the fresh air and pine trees. FEEL the breeze on your face or the rain on your skin. LIVE!
Don’t walk through life missing out on everything around you. You may miss a great opportunity for a story! My best ideas come while I’m walking my dogs (and not because I’m clumsy and silly things often occur when I’m out and about with them). I notice the train tracks on a hill to my left while I walk, the overgrown trees with dark green leaves surrounding them; I notice the little kids playing hopscotch (yes, that’s still a thing) or jumping rope in front of their home; I notice birds and squirrels and I smell all types of smells.
I live. Why? Because we have one chance to live on this earth. Why should we take it for granted? Life is to be lived, not wasted. Live your life and write your story!