Inspire, aspire, expire are all related because they’re all based on the Latin verb spirāre, "to breathe." Inspire is literally "to breathe into," which God is said to do when you have a sudden impulse to do something, creative or otherwise. You see something in some type of media or in person, and you get this feeling of, "you know, I ought to [do something]…" It inspires you: it gives your ideas life.
Aspire is "to breathe on," to give life to something, to want something. You want to be a great author, you give the idea of writing great literature life. You aspire to it.
Expire is "to breathe its last." Something ends, because there’s no more breath in it, at least not your breath. You’re no longer breathing life into it.
I was inspired to start a blog almost ten years ago because I aspired to be a great writer of fiction, but as time went on I realized that wasn’t what I wanted and I parted ways with it: I let that dream expire, because I found something else that I wanted to do, to focus on blogging.
You may now breathe a sigh of relief…
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