Someone inspires me everyday. It could be someone I’m following on social media, or someone who I personally know in real life. No matter the source, you are surrounded by inspiring people everyday.
For me, that begs the question: am I inspirational? If not, how can I be? If I am, why? It wasn’t until recently that I came to the realization how people are inspirational and why people have told me I’m inspirational sometimes.
Let me tell you a two stories. The first happened not too long ago one night when I was in my dorm room talking with a few friends. We had somehow gotten around to discussing what we were doing to stay fit in college. Earlier, one of my friends had said that working out “takes up a lot of time”, and I contributed by saying, “I honestly don’t mind going to the gym and working out on the elliptical 3 times a week, but I have to be listening to an audiobook or it would be, you’re right, a waste of time.”
That’s when one of my friends said to me, “Wow, you’re so inspirational.” Whether he meant it lightly or not, he said it in a meaningful way. I was honestly surprised at this compliment because I hadn’t even realized I was being “inspirational”.
And that’s the secret, my friends.
People who are inspirational don’t set out with the goal of being inspirational. Whatever it is, they do it because they love it. I listen to audiobooks while I work out because I love the feeling of being productive and multi-tasking I didn’t set out to be productive because I wanted to by inspirational – this was purely for my own benefit. Recently, I’ve learned that the key to “being inspirational” is to do what you love.
Just a few days ago, I publicized this blog on my Facebook page, and I got an influx of overwhelmingly sweet comments, saying how I was “inspirational”. That’s when I truly understood. These people who gave me these comments could evidently see how passionate I was about blogging and because of that, that was inspirational to them.
One of the most inspiring people (in my eyes) is Sophia Amoruso, founder of Nasty Gal and author of #GIRLBOSS. She didn’t get a full education, yet she’s now a successful CEO, entrepreneur and author. She didn’t start off thinking, “I want to be inspirational.” More than likely, she just wanted to sell some clothes. Fashion was what she loved, and she set out to make a living by selling it. She not only inspires me, but also other women to be their own #girlbosses.
So the verdict? There’s nothing wrong with being inspirational. But don’t do something because you think people will look up to you. Do something because you love it. That’s when people will take notice of your passion and view you as an inspiration.
Who inspires you?