As an amateur writer I want the share with you the things that inspire me to write. I can summarize this very quickly and I will, because this is not the subject of this essay. I write about things that inspire me. Whenever I see something that is off the beaten path I latch on to it and find myself positively enjoying the simple recollection of the product of concept of someone's creative energy.
So I'll tell you an experience I had last night that I though was so inspiring in a way that is not only unusual, but insightful as well.
A friend called me and told me he wanted to go out. He was having a stressful week and needed some music and a drink. So we got into his car and went to some new place he had heard about. He said it was very different but didn't want to tell me why.
We got the place and waited on line. After a little while we got in. at first I didn't realize what was so special about the place. Everything seemed to be what you would expect from a club. Dim lights, loud music, people dancing and cluttered by the bar. But after a few second it hit me; these were not people, they were mannequins!
This club which was bursting with people was full of mannequins. There was one sitting on a stool by the bar. A group of mannequins were clustered in the far corner of the place sitting around a table. There was also a pair of mannequins by the door standing face to face as though having a conversation. It was a really awkward experience.
Here is what stuck with me. I kept on thinking about the owner of the club. This was a guy who knew that he would have to do something different to be competitive in the club business. So instead of going out and spending a fortune on fancy lights and lasers or giant smoke machines he did something counted intuitive. He bought some mannequins and knew that if he could arrange then I such a way as to incorporate them in the design and layout of his club he would be able to create an ambiance that was both memorable and fun.
This is the kind of ingenuity that strikes a chord with me. I am constantly marveling at the nearly infinite ways people create new and exciting ways to compete at a professional level. So if there is a thought I could leave you with today it would be to keep thinking out of the box and have the courage to pursue your visions.