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We rented the documentary It Might Get Loud when nothing else piqued our interest, and I have to say I’m inspired. I love talking to or listening to people who are passionate about what they do. Although I’ve never been a Led Zeppelin or White Stripes fan, I loved hearing the guitarists express their creative process and watching them feel and talk about music—both their own and others’. You could see the joy of the process in all of their faces. Of course, I’ve always loved U2 and the Edge, so there’s no question that I enjoyed and wanted to hear from him. But I was pleasantly surprised at how much appreciation I gained for the other two in a musical sense.

I got the same feeling when reading my sister Kara’s blog the other day. I didn’t know it existed until that day, but I found myself inspired by her deep emotions and musical discoveries. 

It’s amazing to me how creativity and inspiration really come from the same place whether you’re trying to create a card, write music, or simply discover something about yourself that you’d perhaps buried or not yet realized. I think it has a lot to do with reflection and taking the time to figure out what’s going on inside and dissect all the parts of it. What do you feel; what are you trying to accomplish; what can you learn from others? They’re all part of this process.

In the beginning of the film, Jack White, the guitarist for the White Stripes, mentioned that he was going to try to trick the other two—trick them into teaching him things. As the documentary progressed, you could see the hunger and the love and the satisfaction all three guitarists found in the collaboration and the chance to learn from the others. While I know that I don’t feel quite that passionately about any one thing, I hope to always have the desire to learn and grow. I hope to take my love of creating and push myself—never content with the status quo.

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