There is pretty much nothing more wonderful on all of YouTube than Amy Poehler's web series "Smart Girls At The Party," and yesterday they finally posted a new video. Rejoice!
This episode (watch above) is all about a woman named Ellaraino, who is famous for being an inspirational storyteller and public speaker.
In an interview with Poehler, Ellaraino talks about her great-grandmother's incredible journey to freedom after being a slave in America for most of her life. At 86-years-old, she learned how to read and write, despite being told by everyone around her that she shouldn't bother.
“Reading and writing she called her 'freedom,' and she enjoyed that freedom for over 30 years because she lived to be 116," Ellaraino said. “Don’t you let anybody tell you you can’t do what you want to do, when you want to do it."
Amy Poehler offered her own words of wisdom to teen viewers who may be struggling to achieve their dreams.
“Throughout life, no matter how old you are sometimes you keep telling yourself what you think was supposed to happen in your life is not going to happen," she said. "And that happens in our lives whether we’re 16 or whether we’re 116.”
What's the biggest obstacle you've ever had to overcome to achieve a goal? Are you inspired by Ellaraino's story? Tell us in the comments below or tweet @HuffPostTeen.
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