Just what is it that provides people with that moment of absolute awe and inspiration?
I believe that Inspiration can be found everywhere, it just depends on how you see things and by the way you listen, whether it be to music or the sounds around you. Inspiration is a powerful thing that can evoke many different emotions: it can feel euphoric, or move you to tears.
Whether it be formed from the beauty of nature, art, music, dance, people, there are so many things that can inspire us.
Recently I had a weekend full on intense inspiration provided by nature, but also from the minds of others. I listened to Sir Chris Bonington relive his time of ‘60yrs in the Mountains’ where he spoke of adventures he had experienced in his life.
What is it about such films that stir emotions and inspire?
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As if I wasn't brimming enough with such inspirational experiences, I didn't realise that the best was to come as I left the Lake District and headed to Manchester Airport for an experience of a lifetime.
For as long as I can remember there has been a natural phenomenon that has fascinated me and I have longed to witness it. The Aurora Borealis also known as the Northern Lights, was the aim of this trip to the Airport as I was about to embark on the most amazing experience.
Arriving at a Hotel near the Airport, I was introduced to a few astronomers, one of which was Pete Lawrence from the TV programme ‘The Sky at Night’ who presented us with a talk about Space, the Cosmos, galaxies and how and why the Aurora happens. The presentation was very informative and extremely interesting, albeit a tad mind boggling! After the talk I made my way to the Terminal where I embarked on a plane that then flew north, passing the Shetland Islands and into the airspace in between the UK and Iceland, to see if we could see the northern lights.
Here I was, witnessing one of the wonders of the Natural World, a scene that I have wanted to experience for all my life! Words just cannot describe my feelings as I sat there watching the Aurora whilst the plane flew about for another hour or so. I was so overcome with an intense feeling of happiness and wonderment as once again I was inspired by the beauty of nature. Add to this the experiences over the weekend that had led to this, I can honestly say I was blown away, and I hope others are able to experience such things, perhaps in their own way.
However it happens, the Power of Inspiration is astonishing and life would be an empty place without it.