Maybe it’s the curious writer in me, but I’ve always been interested in other people’s lives.
Not so much the minutiae of the day-to-day: the hours spent at the office or watching Netflix, the holidays, or the nights out with friends.
I’m interested in the hidden depths that not everyone gets to see. I’m interested in the people who spend their days working a job just to pay the bills, then go home and write a book, or play in a band or create art.
What motivates someone to do that?
It’s not enough to work and pay the bills and get by on weekends and holidays. There has to be something more.
Maybe sometimes it’s just for the fun of it. The time spent gigging with friends, or rehearsing in someone’s garage and not caring when you sound terrible because it’s worth it for the rush of feeling alive.
But sometimes it’s more. It’s not just about enjoying yourself now; it’s about chasing a dream.
One of the most inspiring things you can do is talk to someone with that passion, who lives it every moment they can. It’s that flash of shared understanding, that you both feel the same way.
I often wish I was doing more to pursue my dream. I look at other people who are reaching for something and I envy them. But that’s not the right way to think. Recognise their passion and smile. Feel that same burn deep within yourself and know that you have the power too.
Let that feeling lift you up.