Seeing as Jim has taken it upon himself to tackle NaNoWriMo this month it got me thinking about inspiration and the people and subjects that we all refer to when in need of creativity. From favourite authors to actors and artists, we all find something we love and feed off of others to help drive our own work. Recently I’ve found it very difficult to focus on artwork through lack of inspiration and so have gone back to reading some of my favourite books, mainly the work of Charles Bukowski. I don’t seem to have a knack for writing, well not just yet anyway so I’ll keep it short and sweet and leave you with an image of one of my favourite authors. What I want to know is what inspires you? What is it about your favourite book, film, image or author that you love and why does it keep drawing you back in? Maybe there’s a quote that you relate to or a moment that an actor captures perfectly which resonates with you. Whatever it is let me know because there can never be too much inspiration. I need as much as I can get my hands on.
I received an email from myself recently. Sounds a bit weird but bear with me on this. On occasion I will send myself images I need to print or important bits and bobs but what was weird about this email was that it was dated from 2005. When I was thirteen I had found a website that let you email your future self, you set the year, the date and the time and your message is delivered doc brown style. Completely forgetting doing any of this first led me to believe that I was about to start my Indiana Jones/goonie style adventure I’d always hoped for but seeing the web address I eventually put two and two together (not going to lie I was slightly disheartened. Maybe next time).
Being a young and immature teenager the email starts with just a long list of swear words followed by a “HELLLOOOOO FUTURE BETH”. Standard for a 13 year old. I’m proud of past Beth. Good job. The rest of the email included questions most people my age dread eg what are you doing with your life, do you have a boyfriend, are you still friends with your friends now, where do you live, are you an old cat lady yet etc. Not really knowing what to write it comes to a swift end and finishes with “I hope you’re happy and doing well and that you’re still the same me, the same Beth. Good luck and take care. Lots of love.”
It got me thinking about what I wanted in life then and what I want in life now. What I’ve achieved and how much more I want to go on to do. I wish I could tell past Beth about all the things that will happen, tell her not to worry because right now, today, you’re in a good position surrounded by close friends. This tiny snippet from a past self really shocked me, it was the closest thing I’ve ever experienced to time travel. Not exactly an episode of Doctor Who but still pretty cool (thankfully less aliens are involved) so today I’m going to send another email to future Beth. Using the same questions I can document how my life has changed over the last ten years like a personal survey or the diary from Harry potter and the chamber of secrets minus the whole evil dark lord part. I think I’ll stick to the sound advice from before: just be yourself, keep going and good luck. Now it’s your turn, if you could send a message to your future self what would you say?
We all go through transitions throughout our lives whether it’s in our careers or our personal life and what we have all experienced is that change is scary. I’m a recent graduate of illustration who has just left the safety of my University course, my student house and my student loan. I’m now meant to go off into the big wide world and discover who I’m meant to be and what I’m meant to do. Continue reading