You know those rare moments when you’re truly inspired? Sometimes it happens after hearing a speech, sometimes it’s after a dream or even a failure, but whenever it happens, it’s an indescribable feeling. Last week I had the opportunity to attend the DGA’s Student Film Awards. On this particular evening, the DGA recognized outstanding Direction among African-American, Latino, Asian and Women filmmakers. I was there in support of a friend, Gerard McMurray, who was being awarded for his short, Battle Buddy. Unfortunately, I missed an earlier screening but Gerard was kind enough to extend an invitation to this one. Fortunately for me, I not only got the chance to see his wonderful film, I also got to see the work of 3 other awardees. They included: Fatakra (Dir. Soham Mehta), Contra El Mar (Dir. Richard Parkin) and Tsuyako (Dir. Mistuyo Miyazaki). Anyone that sat next to me can testify to that fact that I cried through some of the screenings. The stories were amazing and I left the auditorium re-inspired. I was bursting with energy and eager to create!
These moments don’t come along all the time and, when they do, no matter if you’re involved in the arts, medicine, social work, technology, education etc., they serve as an important source of revitalization. Inspirational moments are a little reminder that, whatever you’re doing, however challenging it may be, whatever doubts may linger in your mind, you are on the right path and must move forward because you are in love with what you do.
I hope that everyone is fortunate enough to have inspirational moments in their life as frequently as needed!
As I said before, I will be doing a special Thanksgiving Day post. I’ve received several contributions but welcome more!
I recently read a wonderful quote on a friend’s website:
“If you woke up tomorrow morning, with only the things you gave thanks for today, what would you have?”