Drawing Inspiration from Unexpected Places
Here are some prime examples of just such cases. (in no particular order)
One of the greatest Electric Bass Players to ever live, not only is his music mind blowing, his philosophy of art is life changing. Check out a little bit of Victor here:
As a young, independent artist, George Watsky certainly has made a name for himself with his low budget, unassuming realistic rapping and poetry. He knows where he comes from (Middle Class America), He accepts who he is (A Nerdy Jewish White kid) and he relishes every moment of it. Originally, I liked this kid because he was clever, funny, and has a profound grasp of words and the way they work. Then I heard him tell the story of how he got into spoken word and it truly resonated with me.
Don't worry, the Video starts at 7:40
"the more I found the spotlight at appropriate times, the less I felt the need to seek the spotlight at innappropriate times"
Secondly: The importance of a good teacher. A great dance teacher won't just teach you how to dance, but will teach you how to be a better person in the dance community. I can't think of a single teacher I know who will purposely steer you wrong, whether it be in life, or in dance.
This is my first outing of such an admission, but I am a nerdfighter. If you don't know what that is, you will soon.
The Vlogbrothers consist of John and Hank Green: two brothers who started a youtube channel together with the idea of communicating for an entire year through making videos to each other. Thus every video begins with "Good Morning, Hank," or "Good Morning, John." But this project grew into so much more. Through their now massive following they organize events like Vidcon (a conference featuring a huge lineup of "famous" youtubers similar to ComicCon), The Project for Awesome (An annual Fundraiser for awesome things like building wells in Africa, Haiti relief funds, etc) and various meetups and conferences throughout the year. Generally, they promote such things as curiosity, being nerdy, having fun, liking tings, and being proud of it.
Oh yeah, DFTBA! (Don't forget to be awesome)
This is what the internet is for. This is how it should be used. Ze Frank was one of the pioneers of making the internet a real community. The internet gets a lot of crap from people saying "it's not real life." Ze Frank sets out to change that, and its frankly (hehe) really inspiring. Just watch this video, and look at the projects he does. Its really quite wonderful.
If you don't have the time for all 17 minutes, start at 14:25, and just watch from there till he finishes. I swear. Its truly heartwarming.
But it's starting to go even further. With the recent surge of "trash talk" videos from cities around the world prepping for ILHC, and the ongoing (and ever growing) iCharleston project the Lindy Hop Community is growing more and more global every day. Who ever thought that I would have friends I have never met in Lithuania, Korea, France, Argentina, Canada and the US, just because I dance and have FB. I love our online Lindy Hop Community, and I hope it continues to grow and maybe one day we can have HopCon: An event for bloggers, Vloggers, and more in the Lindy Hop Community.
What inspires you? What makes you want to do more for your community? I would love to hear!
PS Who wants to Lindy Bomb VidCon Next year (Ze Frank, Vlogbrothers, and Watsky were all there this year)