Better Together

1186784_10152163258173685_948272930_nI felt utterly ridiculous when I found myself captivated by a young man on American Idol several years ago.  It wasn’t so much his talent as it was the way he talked about his friends with so much love, enthusiasm and gratitude.  He credited them with nurturing his creativity and inspiring him as an artist.  The young man was Blake Lewis, the beatboxer, and his friends included stand-up comedians and an aspiring actress, creative souls all.

I watched as they joyously posted videos of Blake’s journey; the drives from Bothell, Washington to Hollywood, videoed and set to music.  The playful rambles around Hollywood.  All of it.  They were riding Blake’s 15-minutes of fame, together and all out.  I was charmed by way they celebrated their successes together.  It seemed obvious to me that they were better together and it was a beautiful example of community within pop-culture.

Again, it wasn’t the music that inspired me.  It was the friendships, the community of artistic souls working together and making each other better.

Their example propelled me into a new phase of life.  I went online, originally to follow their journey, and found myself encountering artists of every ilk: writers, musicians and comedians; and I was hugely inspired as an artist.  I began to write better than I had before.  I became inspired by the community I developed online.  We made each other better.

My life was changed by the example of Blake Lewis and friends.  I have no idea where they are now.  My interest waned and disappeared as I joyfully began my own journey into artistry and community.

That was six years ago or so and I have since surrounded myself with people who encourage and inspire me and are likewise encouraged and inspired by me.  It’s a beautiful thing.

It’s important that we surround ourselves with people who make us better.  If you don’t have that in your life, I encourage you to seek it.  Find people who are passionate about the things you care about, people who encourage and inspire you.  It will change your life for the better.

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10 responses to this post.

  1. Absolutely right! !
    So blessed and fortunate to be able to help create this exact thing for thousands around the world!!
    Live proactively not reactively! !
    Go after your dreams.
    Surround yourself with people that want to see you succeed!! Love life and live it to the fullest! !

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  2. Posted by kev on January 11, 2014 at 11:36 am

    I was a part of that community you developed online. Your friendship meant a lot to me, and still does. As always, so great to see in my inbox an email from WP alerting me that you posted. :)

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  3. Posted by Anonymous on January 11, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    As we slowly let the ripples of wisdom reach us, we appreciate the resonance that accumulate with are own, leaving unity, love and understanding in its wake.
    Thank you Katy, for simply being YOU. <3 :)

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  4. Posted by Taina Tai on January 12, 2014 at 2:17 am

    I absolutely agree. Surround yourself with those will stand with you, celebrate with you and cheer you on. And lets all do the same for our buddies!

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    • Absolutely! The quality of our lives changes dramatically, depending on the people we surround ourselves with. I like the biblical image of iron sharpening iron. To me, those are the best kind of friendships. :)

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  5. Thank you for this, I now realise I have spent too much time around people who drag me down but have recently met some new people who are already inspiring me to follow my dreams and desires and its fantastic. Keep up the great blogs!

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    • I’m so glad to hear that you have people in your life who inspire you to follow your dreams and desires. The people we surround ourselves with can either lift us up and inspire us or drag us down. It’s important that we choose our friends with care. May life continue to be good to you! :)

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