With every subject we study there are restrictions. For Art or Photography, you have to follow a certain theme; for English, you have to follow a specific structure; and, for History, you learn only what you need to for the exam. With all these robotic essays that are drawn out of us every weekend, it’s sometimes hard to feel inspired or to realise that you actually like learning and finding out about new things. So in this article, I’m going to suggest some ways you can always feel inspired.
Have a Read
Although ‘most’ people think reading is boring, it isn’t. Getting lost in a book is a feeling like no other. The distraction from reality and the involvement in a character’s thoughts and feelings is beautiful. It takes you to another world. It is another place, where you can forget everything. The personal triumph and renewed brain power you get from finishing a book is like winning a race. And, if a heavy classic scares you, take it in small goals. Read a chapter per week or two pages per day until you can’t put it down. Read something that isn’t on your reading list! Be a rebel. And plus, reading is a proven way to strengthen your knowledge and widen your vocabulary so don’t feel like you should be doing your homework – this is part of your whole learning experience.
Just Write, Don’t Think
An English lecturer came into school for a workshop in February and gave us AS/A Level Lit Lang students a great workshop. One of the little exercises I personally picked up was just to write. She made us just write, and not stop for 4 minutes. We had to keep our pen glued to the page and churn out words. It was weird what we all thought of. Some of us wrote short stories, others journal entries and others described what was around them. But what jumped out at me was how crazy my brain was going, I could have carried on for ages just creating my own little story. I walked out of that workshop with so many random ideas’ that had popped up in my head. So go on, get writing (well, finish this article first!).
You know those random picture quotes some celebrities post on Instagram? Read it! If you’re feeling down or stressed (or anything), have a scroll on Instagram, Pinterest or Tumblr to find uplifting quotes. Finding quotes that relate to what you’re feeling will make you feel less alone. It will help you understand that other people feel the same. Then there are the motivational-type quotes, such as ‘Life begins at the end of your comfort zone’, and ‘Everything happens for a reason. If you take these little mottos into account they can change your outlook. For me, they have helped me keep things positive and helped me see something good out of everything – like ‘One small positive thought in the morning can change your day’.’ Because it really does, so go and explore!
Find New Music
There is nothing I quite like more than discovering new music. Finding hidden treasure albums that just speak to you is another personal triumph. Sometimes, instead of just singing along to a song, really listen to the lyrics. Do you like the message they’re emanating? Does it relate to you? Note them down somewhere, even if it’s just a line, note it. Then come back to it a couple of days later and really listen to the song again. You’ll gain a little fuzzy feeling in your stomach, a little personal triumph that this music really speaks to you and pride that you have this connection with the artist. So go onto music websites, 8tracks or YouTube and find music that is similar to what you like and you never know what you may find. Just really take in the lyrics.
So, there we go, four ways to keep your brain refreshed, to keep your creative juices flowing, and to help you appreciate the small things in life!