I'm bent on sorting things out. Sort of. With some intention and a bit of stick-to-it-tivness, I just might figure it all out. Then again, maybe that is a bit too much aspiration. Aspiration, you see, is not only "the hope or ambition of achieving something," it is also the "act or process of drawing breath." (Google it) Just how these two very different definitions became linked to the same word, I am not sure, but perhaps it does make sense when I think about it.
If you aspire to something, you find the tools to make it happen. But if you aspire, as in simply take in air in order to breathe, you are using the tools nature gave you to live. You have no choice. With the other type of aspiration, you do, in most circumstances, have a choice...sometimes even several choices. And some people are driven by their aspirations to the point they have no other choice than to pursue them. Like breathing for most people, it is a matter of survival.
So why am I dwelling on this right here, right now? Well, you might say I was inspired. Like "aspiration", "inspiration" has two definitions: 1) the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative and 2) the drawing in of breath; inhalation. (Again Google). Funny how the two are related in both cases. And funny how just being inspired does not always result in aspiration. Or vice versa I suppose.
So you see, I am kinda, sorta sorting it all out. There are times when I aspire to achieve things. There are times was I am inspired to create things. In both cases, I am concluding, have to do with breathing. This simple, life-sustaining activity the body does automatically or perishes, is not unlike an ambition to succeed or a need to create. Both ambition and creativity fade if you don't open yourself to them and act upon them to make them happen. And that, in the end, makes all the difference
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