Pinterest and Facebook are full of of pictures with inspirational quotes on them. Sentimentality for sentimentality’s sake doesn’t work on me. I have no ill will towards the people it does inspire, it’s just like how broccoli just tastes bitter to some people – you know, because of genetics and shit. So, when I see these rampantly shared images, my gut reaction is a little different from the people who love them. I get unspired, if you will. Here’s some side-by-side comparisons: on the left, inspiring inspirational inspirement and on the right, my brain’s rejection of it. (P.S. I do know that “unspired” is not a word and there’s “uninspired” as a real word, but “uninspired” suggests that there was an expectation of it being inspired, and I just don’t feel that way, so I made up a word instead).
28 thoughts on “Be Unspired II”
“I can’t even read this” is my favorite this time. I am totally unspired…even more so than I was when I got to work this morning. Mission accomplished.
Yay! I’m just so happy I can contribute to your day in some way.
That one is my favorite too! I stared at the one on the left for a minute or two trying to read it before even noticing your new improved one!
I did the same thing which led to my improvement!
I have to agree with the above RE: the awesomeness of your revamp of the eye-watering color splash one. But the following one on the meaninglessness of it all is a close second.
So much color splash, so much swirl.
Definitely loved “I can’t even read this” – and the second to the last cracked me up too.
This is totally your multimillion dollar idea – legions of us would snap up unspired t-shirts, coffee mugs, and magnets. And then we’d go and taunt inspirational quote users with our unspiredness.
I need to figure out how best to do it. I would love to make money off of slapping hope and inspiration to the ground. It just seems like something I’d do.
These are great. You need to write an unspirational book to unmotivate the masses.
There’s just so much people could not be doing or caring about. I need to make it happen.
I love these. More more!
Maybe I’ll do them every week. They come pretty naturally.
I couldn’t read that one either. Even when I “squinted”…which my optometrist says is a bad word.
It’s the ‘s’ word, right?
That is the perfect way to fix that unspired unreadable text. And I agree with the above about the need to create unspired t-shirts, magnets and mugs. We must combat the insipidly inspired with your unspiredness!!
I’ll get to all that. But first – are you getting this comment!?
My comment subscriptions also follow the unspire philosophy.
I’m still testing…
Yeah, so in case you were still wondering……no, I didn’t get any of these. Grrrrrrr.
um, i think that you should do whatever magical computer thing people do where they’re all like ‘hey, remember that funny/cool/sentimental wacky picture thing i made, well now it’s a downloadable full color pdf file for you to enjoy at your leisure’? you should do that. i would totally like to put the bit of the heart/piece of the mind one on my wall…
You could print it from this post, I think?
because I sometimes…ok, fine, often post about my anxiety disorder and my bad days with it, people send me inspirational quotes, Bible verses, and random messages.
While I appreciate the thought, don;t these fools know what a cynical wise ass I am?
My favorite one is also “”i can’t read this”.
That’s why you’re so great, Lance.
I think you should go into business selling “piss off” responses to holiday cards!
I’ll get on that.
These are perfect! I especially love the writing on the wall one.
I know EXACTLY how you feel! One day I got so aggravated by a wall full of inspirational quotes, I went through my FB friends list and axed everyone who had posted a quote.
I admire your conviction. If you’re not careful they can completely take over your newsfeed.