Inspiration is a topic I struggle with. I have written a few thoughts on inspiration before, but I wanted to share some books that inspire or motivate me, whether that be in my daily life, for writing, for work, or for mental health.
Here are four books that inspire me, that have changed me as a person forever.
There are a few books I mention a lot on this site, but I must talk about this one a lot more. I read it when I was beginning to struggle a lot with mental health, so I think it had a huge impact on my life.
The story follows an Alien who discovers what it means to be human. That is a very brief description but it’s all you need to know before going into it. He discovers the beauty of literature, the incredible strength of loving relationships, and the wonderful achievements our species has, and can, achieve.
I am inspired to live, to continue to grow, to admire and relish creativity and the natural world around us. This book is one of the reasons I think so hard about the person I am and who I want to be. There is no way of possibly explaining the full impact it has had on my life.
If there was one book I could give to anyone who want to start thinking about our planet and how we can save it, this is where I would tell them to begin.
The speeches by Greta remind me that I am one of 7.5 billion cogs of humanity in this world, and if we all took even the smallest steps towards saving it, the planet would be in a much better state.
Our natural world is all we have, so to strive for anything else with more passion and energy seems pointless, futile, in the face of extinction.
We need our planet. So to save it, we have to step up, even in the smallest way.
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and 1984 by George Orwell
These two books reminded me that truth is the most valuable thing we have. If you take truth and replace it with mindless media then we are nothing.
Humanity needs the security of truth to survive and grow, so protecting that should be something we all fight for.
To see the worlds in these books, dystopian nightmares of civilization turning away from truth and towards censored propaganda, mindless fake news, reality TV, and brutal totalitarianism, inspires me to seek out the truth.
I am inspired to carefully choose which news to consume, and even more carefully, which news to believe. Evidence is where truth begins.
I am also inspired to fight for the freedoms of those who have no choice in the media they consume, and I will forever speak up against that injustice.
What books inspire you and in what way? Let me know in the comments or on social media.
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