How learning what inspires others can help you find your own muse
Like snowflakes, no two of us are exactly alike; however, we all share common bonds with others that can help us find inspiration from the same things. Next time you are looking for your muse, try to find out what others are inspired by and try it out for yourself to see if perhaps it also helps unleash your own creativity.
It is true what they say about snowflakes and fingerprints: how no two will be exactly alike. The same can be said about people. We are all different, no two alike. Heck, even identical twins cut from the same exact DNA sequence have different sets of fingerprints, which just goes to prove that they were not joking about the fingerprints, or the snowflakes for that matter.
Speaking of those snowflakes
While everyone always likes to yammer on about how different they are from each other, no one likes to talk about the snowflake similarities. For instance did you know that all snowflakes have six sides and that all are made from ice crystals? Yup, every single one of them will share these characteristics, and I imagine snowflakes blowing around in the same area, or hanging out in the same climate will share other commonalties.
Speaking of Common bonds
While everyone is unique, like the snowflake, people also share many similarities. For instance, we all tend to have a belly button, and ironically, we all have unique sets of fingerprints. And like the snowflake, we also tend to share other similarities with those we live, work and play with, fitting into a countless number of other subgroups along with others who look, act or think along the same lines we do. Since we have the ability to experience the same basic feelings (joy, pain, fear, and relief) of others, similar events or actions can help spark off the same kind of thoughts and emotions. For example, anyone who has held their breath knows the same feeling of relief that comes with the release of it.
When it comes to being creative, proving that your fingerprints are indeed unique is very important, however, when it comes to finding the inspiration for creative expression, our basic similarities might prove to be more valuable than our individual complexities. When it comes to finding a muse of your own, knowing how other people found theirs can be very helpful. For example, a friend of yours might tell you that a view from a certain hill outside of town blew them away and enabled them to finally get that poem out. Since like your friend, you also like nice vistas, going to the same hill and checking out the view might also take your own breath away and allow you to find your own inspiration.
While similar experiences can help different people find their muse, what is ironic is that many times, these experiences will inspire people in completely different ways. Take that example about the breathtaking view from the hill. While it might have led your friend to write an ode in iambic pentameter, it might inspire you to paint it, or even use its description in a story.
Next time you are looking for your muse, try finding out what others do to get inspired and see if putting yourself through a similar situation will also spark your imagination. Read a book of inspirational ideas, talk to your friends, or visit a website. Try things that have worked for others, and find out if they might also work for you.