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My Top 5 Inspirations

I’ve been spending a few hours now trying to figure out what to write in my blog today, but it seems as though nothing I write comes out the way I want. On the contrary, everything takes on such a negative tone! I’ve decided that I am going to give in to my currently negative tendencies and see where they take me.

The truth is, the past few days have not been the greatest for me. Several directions that I have been wanting to go with my life have suddenly been closed off to me. I understand that everyone runs into these closed doors at some point, but that doesn’t make it any easier. About the best I can do is look for something that will inspire and motivate me to keep dreaming and searching for that open door.

Inspiration can come from many sources. However, my main sources are as follows:

  1. Other people
  2. The Internet
  3. Books
  4. Movies
  5. The Texas Tenors

Now, the first four are pretty self-explanatory. Still, I would like to give you an example of each.

Other People. Obviously, other people from Neil Armstrong to people I know that have battled and won against cancer can be very inspiring. For instance, there is a girl I work with that is going through a very difficult time right now. I’m not going to go into any details about it, but she has spent the last week in the hospital with a family member. If I were in her situation, I don’t know how I would still be able to get up in the morning. Yet, when I visited her on Saturday, she was still holding her chin up and cracking jokes. Amazing! I want to be that kind of person.

The Internet.  Facebook. YouTube. Google. There’s so many stories, pictures, etc. out there, that you can find just about anything. For instance, I came across the following video on YouTube:

Books. One of my favorite authors is Jodi Picoult. All of her books have an underlying, inspirational purpose. I recently read her book entitled House Rules. This book was about a single mother of two children. One of the children (Jacob) happened to have Asperger’s Syndrome. As if it wasn’t difficult enough to raise them by herself with very little support (monetarily or otherwise), Jacob became a primary suspect of murdering one of the few people he looked up to and could communicate with. Her struggle and perseverance remind me that no matter how bad it seems, there is always hope. It also reminds me that there is always going to be someone out there that is in a worse situation, so I know that I can make it through.

Movies. This is especially true for Disney movies. For some reason, there’s nothing like a classical Disney movie to get you moving. One of my favorites is Mulan. This is the story of a girl who was a disgrace to her family, but in the end, she ended up saving her entire country after going to war in place of her father. I love this clip from the movie:

The best part of this clip, however, is the music. Music in general is very inspirational for me, especially when the lyrics really seem to hit home. Which brings me to my last source of inspiration.

The Texas Tenors. This group has accomplished the impossible by rising through the ranks of America’s Got Talent to become the great success they are today. Of course, that success didn’t happen overnight, and there have been and always will be obstacles in their way.

One such obstacle is the negativity of others. There happens to be a critic named Michael Ross that has been against them ever since AGT. I don’t know why, and I can’t figure out why he won’t put an end to his ignorant (and yearly) remarks about The Texas Tenors. He hasn’t (most likely) seen them since they were on America’s Got Talent. Even though they were amazing on the show, they have improved by leaps and bounds since then. Their current status can’t even possibly be compared to when they were on AGT. Why even bother, three years later, to keep bringing them up?

I believe the answer is because he gets a rise out of fans of The Texas Tenors. Last year, there was a large group of us that responded to his remarks by “telling him off”. We told him why he was wrong, that The Texas Tenors were fantastic, and that he needed to find someone else to pick on. Well, a year later, he picked on The Texas Tenors again. Just like last year, an army of fans responded to him, giving him exactly what he wants: attention. It seems as though we are starting a vicious yearly cycle. Yes, I am well aware that by posting this blog, I’m giving him even more power, but I’m willing to make the sacrifice.

Personally, I see any attack against The Texas Tenors as an attack against me because I believe in them so strongly. They are one of the best things that has ever happened to me, and they will always inspire me to strive to be a better person and unlock that hidden opportunity.

Even though I have felt down all weekend, I am finally starting to look up again. Why? For one thing, I just got done watching The Texas Tenors’ DVD. Where else can I hear my favorite songs and see my favorite trio perform? Tonight, however, two songs really hit me. These have always been my favorite songs of theirs, but they hold special meanings for me right now: “The Climb” and “You Should Dream”.

“The Climb” is very relevant to my current situation. Just listening to them sing it makes me want to break down and cry because it hits exactly on how I feel.

Every step I’m taking
Every move I make feels
Lost with no direction
My faith is shaking
But I gotta keep trying
Gotta keep my head held high

Every step I’m taking
Every move I make feels
Lost with no direction
My faith is shaking
But I gotta keep trying
Gotta keep my head held high

Then there is “You Should Dream”. That is such a powerful song. I don’t know if I have the words exactly right, but I know they are at least close:

Tell me who hasn’t felt lost when you’re not where you thought you ought to be

Tell me who hasn’t felt discouraged by their reality

Tell me who hasn’t walked a thousand miles just to find they’ve gone the wrong way

Tell me who hasn’t thought tomorrow was just another day

But I’m telling you

The tide is gonna turn

The doors will open when you finally learn

You should dream

Let the voice inside you sing

You should dream

Let your wishes take wing

Close your eyes, feel your heart’s desire

hold on tight and set the world on fire

Be the living reason for all to see

You should dream

Need I say more than that? I know that, even though things seem hopeless right now, there is an end around the corner. I just need to hold my head high, keep dreaming, and keep searching for the better future that I know is ahead.

Now it is your turn. What inspires you?

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Posted by on August 27, 2012 in Music


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