Thursday, May 19, 2011

Unexpected Inspiration

The world is an inspiring place. I've always found inspiration through art, music, books, people around me, history, nature. But there are two things I was sure would never, ever inspire me. Math and science.

I'm an English major for a reason. Math and science have, in the past, left me feeling empty of all creativity after going to class or doing homework. This semester I'm bogged down with GE's that I wasn't really dreading but I didn't exactly think would make me feel creative. But my astronomy class? Astronomy is awesome. The vastness and all of the different possibilities out in space has opened my mind and made the ideas juice out of me. Plus, if nothing else, looking out to everything that space contains is simply beautiful.

This inspiration was so unexpected, but I'm eating up every bit it gives to me. Have you had any unexpected inspirations? What are your inspirations in general?

Picture from Astronomy Picture of the Day


  1. There's something about pictures from space that is so beautiful--the way the colors blend together and just the concept of how vast it is! It's fun to find inspiration in unusual places. My usual inspirations for writing are any kinds of art of hanging out outside in nature.

  2. Aw, I love this. As a kid, I used to lay on my trampoline at night (lived out in the country so there were no city lights to intrude) and stare up at the stars. SO peaceful and spiritual. Thanks for that lovely reminder!

  3. I agree--astronomy is crazy amounts of cool. It's calming and humbling to look up in the night sky, especially when I started to learn a little more about it :)

  4. I love looking at the stars, but detested my astronomy class - go figure. As for unexpected inspiration - dystopian books! I'm such a Pollyanna and love to live in a world of roses and butterflies that I've been surprised at just how much I love dystopian YA's. I think because at their heart they are all about hanging on to the good parts of humanity in the face of overwhelming odds. And thanks for following my blog! Back at ya.

  5. Amen! I was a history major/law student for the same reason. Math & Science=ICKY! In fact, I haven't taken a math class since my junior year of high school and actually managed to pull off a 4 year undergrad degree without stepping into a math class once. Haha ( : Math: 0 Julie: 4

    But I agree about the astronomy thing... very cool! Speaking of which, don't know if you're into YA or not, but Across the Universe by Beth Revis is fantastic! Check it out!