Inspiration to Feed the Soul

Fostering community with the Coffee Times inspiration column — A handful of stellar stories from our talented writers💙

Vincent Van Patten


For the past four years of writing on Medium, it’s felt like I’ve been climbing a mountain slowly but surely with not much more than the voice in my head as my lone companion.

Along the way I’d see another climber in the distance, we’d wave and both continue the uphill slog — HOW YOU HOLDIN’ UP FRIEND?

Perhaps I thought that writing must be a solo endeavor; in a way it is — when words appear where they weren’t before, when thoughts take on a heartbeat, it’s just you pushing the keys.

But what creates the life behind the words? What inspires?

Maybe there’s something romantic about the idea of the mysterious solo artist (I definitely contemplate the thought), but in our technology-driven age we have to think bigger.

We must consider what this really could be.

If we want to succeed, grow, and get the best out of each other in this new era we’re laying the foundation for, we have to work together.

There’s simply too much to learn, too much beauty, and too much opportunity to be had from building each other up and acting like a team — a team of individuals where no role is lesser than another.

And why the hell shouldn’t we?

I’ve been thinking about what I want the Coffee Times inspiration column to represent; at the least, I want it to be a welcoming home for the generous. For the brave, the encouraging, the human.

Because inspiration doesn’t come in a concise one-size-fits all listicle.

It comes from the depths of who we are as people — our struggles and our pain and our moments of elation, the simple everyday experiences which take our breath away and the lessons we learn on this unfathomable ride.

Inspiration comes from anywhere if we’re willing to dig deep. If we take the chance to look around. If we open our hearts to ask for help and give, as much as we possibly can.

Love is abundant, and it’s what the world needs. We mustn’t hold it back.



Vincent Van Patten

Exploring what lights my soul on fire ❤️‍🔥 Living in Japan. For my writing, podcast, photography and more, check out