What is inspiration?

What is inspiration?

If you had asked me this question a few days ago, I would’ve told you about JK Rowling and how she inspired me to start writing. And I would’ve told you how music inspires me and how looking at paintings and photographs brings inspiration to me.

But today, my answer changed.

My Inspiration?


Yesterday I watched a one off drama on television called The C Word, I know quite a few of you watched it, too. For those who didn’t, here’s the blurb from the BBC of what it was about:

‘The C Word is an adaptation of Lisa Lynch’s candid book about her experience of cancer, based on her popular blog which was launched shortly after her diagnosis. This film is a defiant, ballsy and surprisingly funny story of life, love and cancer.’

I found this drama incredibly inspiring. It dealt with a ‘common’ issue with such sensitivity, brutality and reality. Sheridan Smith’s performance as Lisa Lynch was truly captivating, delivering the story with emotion and just the right amount of humour.

We hear the word ‘cancer’ everyday – from people we know, to news stories and even adverts on the TV – and I count myself lucky to not have had to experience a close loved one suffer. It is easy to generalise the disease and not think about those families who DO have to deal with it. Following Lisa’s story in this documentary was harrowing, upsetting, uplifting and inspiring, all at the same time.

It was then that I realised that inspiration is everywhere and it is happening every, single day.

It’s the person who fought against depression and got out of bed today for the first time in weeks. And the person who carried on studying and handed their work in on time, even though they’ve been up 7 nights solid  with a sick child. The person who finds the strength to leave a violent relationship and start building their life again and the person who keeps on smiling, even though they are fighting a battle so hard, all they want to do is cry.

Inspiration isn’t having that cartoon light bulb drawn above your head as you gaze into a beautiful meadow of flowers under a sunlit sky.

Inspiration is life.

Inspiration is people.

Inspiration is YOU.


  1. Les
    May 4, 2015

    Excellent and succinctly written piece.

    • Lucie Wheeler
      May 18, 2015

      Thanks Les!

  2. stepmomshawn
    May 4, 2015

    For me, my step kids were my inspiration. Becoming a stepmom was so much harder than I anticipated. I work with kids for a living, so I assumed step parenting would be easy. Kids love me! Oh, how wrong I was! It was the hardest role I had ever taken on. No one wants a stepparent. But, instead of drowning in my sorrows, I decided to turn “lemons into lemonade” and write a book. My book, Stepping into a New Role, Stories from Stepmoms is a collection of stories from my experiences, as well as over a dozen other stepmoms whom I interviewed. Talking with these stepmoms was incredibly therapeutic for me, and I believe sharing their stories with me was therapeutic for them. My hope is that my book will inspire, encourage, and support stepmoms everywhere. So, yes, I completely agree! Inspiration comes from life! 🙂

    • Lucie Wheeler
      May 18, 2015

      What a fantastic thing you have done, I admire that! I wish you and your book the best of luck! Thanks for commenting 🙂

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