Finding Everyday Inspiration, Day Seven: Let Social Media Inspire You

One of the goals of this course is to help you tap into new and unexpected places for post ideas. Today, let’s look to Twitter for inspiration. Don’t worry — you don’t need an account. Even if Twitter isn’t for you, you might be surprised at how you can find starting points for our own writing there.

Below, you’ll see five tweets, and we hope one will elicit a response from you.

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I found a couple of the provided tweets that recall echoes from across the decades.

I found that to be a useful discovery early on. Being confident that I did not know, let me release the panic and terror of not knowing everything (a seeming demand for perfection and omniscience placed upon me by parents, neighbors, teachers et al.), so that I could concentrate on learning what was at hand. Knowing that I knew nothing, I had so many interesting paths to discovery! And no embarrassment for not having answers for anyone else’s questions. Ultimately, it took away the pressure of parental and academia’s unrealistic expectations and allowed me to continue on a carefree romp through my life of study.

Yeah, but nobody’s going to blame me for a star’s dying, even if they found out about it. And rightly so! On the other hand, my worrying about tomorrow’s work might actually prevent catastrophe. One that I could rightly be blamed for. The disparity of scale makes the comparison a bit silly.

5 Replies to “Finding Everyday Inspiration, Day Seven: Let Social Media Inspire You”

  1. It’s wonderful that you picked the same to tweets as me! I’m particularly pleased that you don’t think the comparison to universe too sensible either. It’s interesting how you respond to the other tweet, though, knowing that I know nothing doesn’t release me, it stresses me out even more. Imperfection and omniscience can’t be achieved, but I’m bad at dealing with it.

    1. I think the key for me was allowing myself/giving myself permission to establish realistic goals and expectations of myself. The contrast between reality and other people’s expectations being revealed clearly, I came down hard and happily on the side of obvious, verifiable truth. I also noted along the way that other people, especially those who had expectations of me, did not beat themselves up when they didn’t meet (or bother to try to meet) the same level of expectations themselves. Dual standards!

      1. Realistic goals are so important. I’m learning to be more of a realist, but still I can’t help being perfectionist. You are very right though, those who criticise the most are usually themselves to be criticised.

        1. Don’t discard the possibility of change. Took a while to make it a habit, not panicking when all occasionally went bottom up. I became “sane” about age 35, and now in my 70s, it looks even more different/better than in my 30s.

          1. You’re right, it’s all a practice. It might need some more time to get “sane” 😀 Thank you for your insight and for sharing your experience!

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