A quote I’ve passed a few times on social media in the past week is “you’re not tired, you’re uninspired.”

It resonates with me because I’ve been thinking about all the extra energy I had in high school and college. Being a part of numerous activities, studying, both working and taking classes, and running off of very little sleep. On top of that, I wrote and played music all the time. 

Fast forward a few years, where all I really do is work and sleep, and yet I’m constantly exhausted. I don’t play music, I don’t write, and I always chalk it up to exhaustion, when it’s really lack of inspiration. 

I’m not sure about you so I’ll continue to speak for myself, but as a child I found it easier to get inspired because the world was my oyster. There was no end to my dreams and plans that I made for my future. 

The older I get, the smaller the world gets, the less opportunities I see in front of me, and the less I feel it’s worth it to spend time, for example, working on an album that only myself and a few friends will hear. 

So the challenge, then, is to figure out what inspires me now. 

What inspires you? What keeps you going? I hear people talk about not loving their jobs but pushing through for responsibilities and rent – but let’s go beyond that. 

What makes you go to that exercise class after a long work day? What gives you the energy to stay up reading or writing when you really want 8 hours of sleep?