Monday’s post felt a little shouty. Today, I’m blogging out in a different space, trying to occupy more gentle, expansive territory, trying to think of the things that inspire.
Tomorrow (Sunday 1st July) I undertake a mini Triathlon, a physical challenge inspired by my family’s very real, very long and very raw struggle to come to terms with early onset dementia suffered by Margaret Drybrough (AKA my Mum) over the last 10 or so years.
As I swim, bike & run my way round Hawick in the Scottish Borders, I’ll be thinking of my parents and brothers and my husband, my sisters in law, nieces, nephew…I’ll be carried by every single person who has donated sponsorship in a recession. Everyone who has sent encouragement on the JustGiving site.
I will be inspired to move.
For me, to be inspired by something means I stop in my tracks a little and connect to something bigger than myself. When I’m inspired, I want to stand a little taller, do something a little better, breathe a little deeper, create something a little more meaningful.
I’m laying out inspiration so it too will carry me round tomorrow and in the hope that other people will share their inspirations & thoughts back with me.
Here’s my list of Things That Inspire:
Seeing true bravery in people – massive bits of bravery like speaking up or speaking out or little bits of bravery, like trying something new
Melodies which haunt
Words which move me
My nieces & nephews – for their energy, wisdom and ability to make me belly laugh
Cities at night
Flying… I get weirdly lyrical & thoughtful on flights…
Anyone who asks these sorts of questions – stopping me in my tracks & asking me to think….
And a good, balanced wine – how do they do that?
Gorgeous scents like orange peel or perfume or cut grass or aftershave
Shameless eye contact
Bright, cold, clear mornings….
A fast ski run
Old gnarly trees
Hearts on sleeves
A good coffee
A great conversation
Dancing with a dirty big grin on your face
Staring up at a massive star-filled sky
My folks still being loved up after a lifetime together
I’m running on behalf of Alzheimer’s Scotland for the support, research and work they undertake: http://www.justgiving.com/joolstri2012