First off, I have to suggest that you check out the latest post on my mum's blog here. She's written about my adventures with the Royal Mail, where one of my parcels was intercepted and sent to Belfast. If I disappear suddenly, know that the security services have acted.
Secondly, if you're reading it right now (as in when I've just posted it), you have but a handful of minutes to get to http://www.twitch.tv/el_pinata and join in with the very funny and entertaining retro gaming "Garlic Bread Monday" live stream by Scott Tumilty. Go now.
Inspiring is a word that I worry is used far too often. And more often than not, in some sort of "fluffy" context.
"Oh my, isn't that sunrise inspiring!"
"Ooh! That mirror is so inspiring!"
"Man, that hot coffee kick is really inspiring!"
I am generally cynical when it comes to inspiration. If you want to do something, do it. Be aware that whatever it is - writing a book, getting your dream job, running a marathon, swimming the English Channel - is probably not going to be quite as wonderful as you imagine. Writing a book is a long hard slog. Your dream job might not work out to be as great as you think. And the hours spent training for a marathon or swimming the channel aren't all going to be wonderfully joyous.
But that's not to say that you shouldn't try. Do try, try with all your heart. Because the one thing you otherwise get stuck with is regrets.
Anyhow, I have to say that The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is inspiring. The Ben Stiller film is actually the second remake of the original 1939 story by James Thurber, and looks at an introvert forced to go outside of his comfort zone and travel the world in search of a photograph. It is really very good (despite mixed reviews) and well worth watching. Special mention has to go to Ben Stiller and his acting in the lead role - you would hardly credit that it is the same person playing the character from beginning to end, such is the change in his personality. It's been out a little while now, so if you want to catch it in the cinemas, go soon.