With my cup of coffee in hand I sat down at my computer and start reading my emails as I do every morning. The emails I get are always possitive and usually very insightfull, and quite often they are full of stories of leasons learned, pictures of achievements fulfilled or someone simply taking time to say thank you.
I think for the most part everyone has experienced the situation of inspiration at some level, whether it is the neighborhood child that wants to be part of the things you do, or maybe that niece or nephew that looks up to you as a roll model. But when taking inspiration to the public that inspiration grows into heart warming stories that are both moving and incredibly amazing. Stories that truley leave a lasting impression on you. And over the years I have gained a few of these that stay with me.
Over the course of the last few years I have been asked why I do what I do many different times, and my answer is always the same. I just want to inspire people, I want people to believe in thier own creativity and believe in their selfs. Believe that they can build it, make it and or take on that vision of creativity they have with in them and remove that inner doubt preventing them from experiencing it. I'm not a teacher or educator nor do I wish to be. But if I can inspire one person to be creative, then I did what I set out to do.
This mornings email was truely one of those stories. It was from a sixteen year old boy that is living with cancer. He went on to talk about how hard it has been for him and the struggles he faces daily and the lack of motivation he faces having to perform even the simplest of daily activities, spending most of his time on his computer surfing the internet and watching videos. About six months ago he said he came across my channel on youtube and started following me, subscribing to my channel and liking and following my social media venues as well. Telling me that I have given him motivation to get out in to his fathers garage and build things, stating his last project was the laptop stand I had made a few videos back and even attaching a picture for me to see. He is truely an amazing young man and I am blessed to be a small part of his life.
At any level of measurment the ability to inspire someone is an amazing achievement, that brief moment in time when you are able to give someone the gift of believing in themselfs. Sometimes by doing nothing more than telling them they can do it, or by answering that one question they may have of how to do it. Sometimes it's just a matter of letting that small child watch you in your shop. However it may come about I think the world needs more inspiration and less doubt, because that inspiration is what will build the future and that in it's self is truely inspiring.
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