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What Is Inspiration?

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We were sitting in our rooms last Tuesday night, reading our Twitter feed, when we came across a tweet that we see every single day. It was a girl tweeting her favorite band three simple words: "You inspire me."

For the first time, the two of us really thought about those words and what they mean. In this case, the girl probably listens to the band's songs when she is going through a tough time. She probably watches all of their interviews on YouTube and smiles at their enthusiasm and passion for what they do. In her tweet, the girl was telling the complete and honest truth -- she is inspired by her favorite band. But we can't help but wonder... aren't there other people in the world who inspire us teens just as much as celebrities who are adored by millions?

Inspiration certainly is hearing a Beatles song that makes you want to make a difference in the world.

At one point, everybody has been inspired by song lyrics, or a quote, but there really is more to it than that. See, inspiration goes beyond what you get after watching your favorite celebrity perform for thousands of fans at a concert. If you really open up your eyes and pay attention to the people around you, you'd realize we are literally drowning in inspiration every day.

Inspiration is learning patience from your bus driver who happily drives dozens of rambunctious kids to school every morning and home every afternoon.

Inspiration is seeing a genuine love of life in your 77-year-old grandmother.

Inspiration is having a teacher whose passion for their job makes you love a school subject for the first time.

Inspiration is watching a movie with a group of friends at a sleepover because you can't think of anything better to do, and then feeling like a completely different person by the end credits.

We feel like a lot of people watch movies and TV shows just for entertainment to pass time when they're home alone on a Friday night and don't feel like going to sleep yet. But if you really pay attention, many of them have inspiring hidden messages that you would never notice if you only payed attention to the funny lines.

See what we mean? The fact that us teens, and anyone for that matter, can learn from the people and things that we encounter every single day is one of the things about life that makes it so interesting. Think about all of the people who you are close to, and even those who you are not. What is special about them? What can you learn from the way they go about life? Keep your eyes open. You never know where you might get your next dose of inspiration!