Lucas Coon

Self-Published Fiction Author, Information Security Professional, Founder and Art Director of Mad Tomato Books.


May 19, 2018 by Lucas Coon
Sometimes you really have to look at the world around you for inspiration. Sometimes that inspiration comes to you. 
Sometimes, you exit your car and prepare for another day of work, and the inspiration is staring at you from the top of a tree. Yesterday morning, this is what happened to me. 
Now, I don't mean inspiration to write something new, to create a project. I mean inspiration to enjoy everything around you, something to make you content with life, with existence. As I stepped out of my car yesterday, I was greeted by a mockingbird. A stout, angry-looking, grey, northern-mockingbird. He was up in the tree a little off to the side, but he was staring in my direction. I sat and listened to him for as long as I could. He went through the standard motions; Robin, Cardinal, Blue Jay (that was interesting), then he made a frog croaking noise, followed up by an off-key chickadee. He continued his singing, his mocking, his...sounding, as I watched. There was no further connection, no communication; but I enjoyed it. He was excitedly mimicking everything his little brain could think of, I tried to name off every sound he made in my head. Overall, his existence made me happy, it made me content with existing. His song was existential. 
I guess, what I'm trying to say; sometimes you should pause and look around you. There are a billion things that exist in any direction, maybe you should pause and enjoy them. Don't rush through your day, don't push past everything in your way.
Stop. Listen. Look. Live.