in high school, and even soon after, i often caught myself becoming frustrated and dissapointed with the people sorrounding me. i wondered why i was often in a funk of being un-inspired, not motivated. i have learned now that with a simple change of who i was sorrounding myself with, i have become a different person. it’s interesting, when you start to develop as a person and find certain interests, there can be a change in who you are interested in being influenced by. now i still find frustration in people, quite a bit, but not in the same way. i catch myself wondering why some people don’t care enough about what is occuring in the world around us, i catch myself wishing that i could sit back and ignore the unrest, the suffering of my fellow race, and even other species, and i often catch myself feeling like i should give up on trying to change things. I get overwhelmed because i know that someone has to make a change, and although I am truly passionate and driven to make one, I can’t do it on my own. if we could all find inspiration in a simple exchange of words, or photo, or passage written by someone, we might all become a little better of a race, and the circle would continue. and so, to my friends everywhere who have inspired me, i am more driven to be an inspiration. i hope with my travels and with my experiences, my list will someday fill my mind and soul with all the good in the world, so at moments like these when i am discouraged by our world, i can be lifted up by it also.