There's something elvish in me.
I don't have the pointy ears. Or the willowy figure. (Both of which are sad realizations.) It's not even got anything to do with bright eyes. All I know is that under the right conditions, that feeling comes out again.
When I'm outside, under the stars - and sometimes, the moon too - that's when it happens. If the air feels right, like that exciting feeling that comes with autumn and a promising breeze, I feel it well up. I don't know where it came from, but when that feeling returns, it's infectious and familiar and welcome to me. And it makes me think of elves. (Not the Santa's workshop kind, but the regal Lord of the Rings kind.)
It's inspiration. It is ideas: a bright mind sparking quickly and flawlessly and creatively. (Even if I come up with something I don't use, it can't be wrong, because it leads me to new and better things.) All of this feels like magic, and pure excitement. It's that feeling of fantasy that I haven't been able to duplicate by any other means than this since I was a kid.
Does this ever happen to you? It's like something's in the air, making you pumped and excited and inspired for seemingly no reason. It makes you want to stay there forever. To capture every thought like a bright little firefly in a jar where it's free to grow and fly and yet you can still examine it and learn from it before letting it go to shine in other places too.
And if this does happen to you, under what conditions does it occur? Do landscapes inspire you? Frightening situations? Touching, sentimental moments? All it takes for me is that particular feeling in the air, that autumn coolness and a sight of the stars. The promise of rain can also do the trick, or at least enhance the experience.
What gives you that fantasy feeling? Bring in the new year by connecting with your inspirational moments!
And, if I have enough responses, I could share a list of the things you find the most inspiring in my next post to give you some new ideas.
Just think of it as your new year's present. Which I am officially inventing as of now. You can pretty much attach presents to any holiday, right?