An Inspiring Word

Recently, there’s been a lot of promotion and encouragement in recognizing inspiration. As an observant, I see the word has been tossed around quite a lot lately.

An Emirati role model, I’m told, should be “inspiring”.

If a fellow Emirati entered a field, such as, say, fashion, and starts their own line, fashionistas consider that inspiring.

It’s not wrong, of course. But it does feel that looking too much into the word turns it to mist. Almost an insubstantial quality that anyone can take and mold and makes it lose that deep dawning feeling.

So how should we define “inspiration”?

Well, I’m going to commit an essay no-no in this post– namely, state how it’s defined in a dictionary.

According to Merriam Webster:


a – to influence, move or guide by divine or supernatural
b – to exert an animating, enlivening or exulting influence on…
c – to spur on, impel

a – to breathe or blow into or on
b – to infuse (as life) by breathing

Personally, I believe in a mix of both definitions. Inspiration is an act that is moving, and blows life into the world by just being. There’s no force, no effort. It is a hurdle that is overcome, and somehow, it creates that moment of enlightenment. It just is.

Yesterday, I read a story about Samira Al Romaithi, an Emirati woman who overcame anorexia. As I read her story, I was touched that this young woman opened up about her experience. Not a lot of people admit to something like that. Her stance on what she went through, I found it inspiring. Her family’s stance on what she went through was equally inspiring. I had to swallow back tears, because I was moved. The article, I’m sure, would find that her keeping a healthy weight now, and maintaining herself in a new healthy lifestyle is inspiring.

I agree, but I think that the struggle Samira went through is the moment that made it for her. The simplicity of sharing her story, her struggle, moved me, and somehow, the world brightened up at the thought that such an amazing, strong woman exists.

So, what is inspiration?

In a nutshell, I don’t know. What I do know is that we should stop looking for it, or aspiring to it. Inspiration finds us. And we just glow in it’s presence.

Click here Samira Al Romaithi’s story.

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