Inspiration

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I want to inspire you today. I'm feeling especially negative and depressed today, I'll freely admit it. I'm still waiting to hear back from the Court regarding my legal case and the weight of that ruling weighs heavily on me and my entire family. We are looking at moving and selling our home in further efforts to downsize. We lost another cat this week and my Father is looking at back surgery because he is having trouble standing. So the petty bullshit dramas that often sweep across the Eve community mean little to me, as they rarely do. I play at Eve every day. As a release from these stresses. As an escape. As an outlet. For fun. I always have. On this side of the screen, no matter what is happening inside of it, you'd see a smile on my face. 

I want to inspire you today. I want you to read this post over on Sugar's blog. And I want you to understand exactly what you are asking of the fellow players you elect to represent you on the CSM. I want you to appreciate the effort, the disruption, the energy that it takes from real people's lives. For a video game. For a community that often eats its own tail. And chases itself around in the dark. Read it. Be inspired.

I want to inspire you today. I want you to know that I was not born with any special talents. I have spent a lifetime listening to others tell me I couldn't do, shouldn't do, or would fail at doing. Stop dreaming and be real. Be realistic. You'll never amount to anything. A lifetime litany of people, coaches, teachers, bosses, mentors, and others that constantly strive to put you in a box and label it something of their own making. I want to inspire you today. Don't listen to them. Listen to your own heart. Strive for your dreams. Take risks. Explore the world. Be yourself. Fail? Sure. Stumble? Of course. But never give up. Tomorrow is a new day. And I am living here today to tell you it is all worth it.

I want to inspire you today. I could have written about a lot of things today. Some of them negative. But I've chosen instead to turn that negativity into something positive. I love Eve. And I love the Eve community. Good and bad. It keeps me engaged and involved in ways that I never would have dreamed. And I want to inspire you to see it as it is, a unique, diverse and wonderful collection of people from around the world. Eve is a gift that will not last forever. Enjoy it. Thrive in it. And treat each other with the respect we all deserve. Someday it will all be over. And the only meaning left to each of us, will be the meaning we gave to each other.

I want to inspire you today. I suck at art. I never took an art class until I was a Senior in High School. It wasn't until the last minute that I decided to take the plunge and go into art as a career. And that was only after other doors had been closed to me. I've had to work my ass off to get to where I am today. And deep down where it matters I still suck. I use that knowledge as inspiration, as the fuel that fires my soul every single day. I want to inspire you that no matter what your personal challenges might be, that you can overcome them. Hard work, dedication, and an attitude that refuses to quit. Be the person you want to be all the time. And you will be that person. Never give up.

I want to inspire you today.

Because goodness knows, I need inspiration myself.




11 comments:

  1. If you want to see someone suck at art you ought to see me draw!

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  2. RJ, my two cents:

    "There are only two days in a year in which nothing can be done: one is called yesterday and another tomorrow. So today is the right day to love, believe, do, and especially live! Enjoy the week to exercise your ability to live intensely the day."

    Keep your chin up and remember you are surrounded by people that cares for you.

    K

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    1. Well said. It was a dark day, but it was only a day and no match for me.

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  3. For the record. You don't suck. Talent only gets you so far. It is what you choose to do with the cards you are dealt with that counts. You do a hell of a lot and it matters.

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    1. Thanks. I don't actually believe I suck, because I obviously don't. But it is and has always been a nagging voice inside of me that comes mainly from those that didn't believe, or wanted to see me fail, or other negative people in my life. I use that voice as motivation each and every day. So it is and has always been, a good voice for me.

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  4. After 15 years, I was made redundant. That's its own story too long for what I want say here. I get a temp job. File clerk trolling through insurance claims. I am reading a file of man with "plus five". Basically this guy is me, just five years old, twenty years then redundancy, five more years of marriage and children five years old. See, I am looking into a mirror. After twenty years and one year unemployment the man took his life. I am reading a tear stained letter from his wife left lost as to why. I knew why.

    A really dark day is when you are blind to light that is always there, your family and friends. Guess some of us will just have to shine a little brighter today and then some.

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    1. Now that is the truth, when you stop seeing the positive and how lucky you are then it is time to worry.

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  5. Sometimes I wonder whether I've managed to survive by being too stupid (or possibly too stubborn) to know when to quit. I've certainly outlasted most despite various ups and downs, and I've certainly endured stresses that would have killed others. Sad to say I'm not exaggerating.

    One foot in front of the other. Because it does get better, despite the dark paths we sometimes have to tread. Preaching to the converted I know :)



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  6. appreciate the follwo on Twitter, Rixx.

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