“I would love to do what they’re doing. I’m so inspired by [insert person the the internet]. ” I hear some version of this on the regular. Whether the desired life is of an influencer on the gram, a killin’ it CEO, an entrepreneur, a filmmaker, or small business owner…the visibility we have into other people’s lives leads to a lot of inspiration and a hell of a lot of wishing.
Seeing these people is actually quite important, though. Their stories show us what we’re also capable of doing. It’s one of my favorite things about the Internet: we can see the images of people, leaders, and creators who we never previously could have seen.
But when it comes to wanting what they have or wanting to do what they’re doing, what looks good won’t always feel good (for you). Because each human is wildly different. And before you go making sweeping statements and changes to get into a new industry, to change jobs, or go building a different life…you may want to experiment first.
Collectively we’ve lost some necessary skills — trying things, experimenting, being curious. I’ve believed this for a while, because when I look back on my own journey I can pinpoint a single decision to sign up for a writing class in my early twenties as the gateway to an entirely different life than the one I was headed for. It was this single decision that opened up magical opportunities and connections that wouldn’t have otherwise happened. Luckily, that experience has reminded me to keep trying things, to keep dabbling, and to keep experimenting.
What life looks good to you? What future is inspiring you? And what can you do to try that on?
You may have high hopes of writing a book one day, but haven’t written anything before. Try a blog post.
Or maybe you want to build your own neighborhood cafe. Can you shadow a barista for a week?
If you’re a wannabe filmmaker, create your own short with your iPhone.
If you have high hopes of changing industries, do a small project within that industry before you do.
We can be inspired. We can see things that excite us. But instead of spending months and years wishing that we’re living the success we see in the future, we’ve got to try that inspiration on in some short way now. See how it feels. See how it looks for our life. See if we really do like the dose of experience we got ourselves into. It’ll either create more momentum to keep moving in that direction. Or it’ll show us that actually making a sweeping change would be a horrible idea because we didn’t like that thing we thought we would at all.
Be inspired. And then experiment with that inspiration accordingly.