Who Inspires You?

I’m inspired by people who are inspired. When you’re around the right people, you can feel their inspiration. You can feed off it.

I’m uninspired, even discouraged, by people who are uninspired. They make me feel like it’s OK to be uninspiring too.

I think that’s part of the reason the inferi are so frightening in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. There are so many of them, and it’d be so easy to give up, to let them pull you down, to join them.

Inferi Dragging Down Harry Potter

Your gut almost convinces you it’d be better if you went with them than if you fought them.

I like keeping a list of people who inspire me. Some of them I know, some of them I don’t. Some are real, others fictional. When I’m feeling discouraged, I look at the list and think about these people, about the example they set with their own lives.

Who inspires you?

About Dante Rasera

Originally from Upstate New York, I live in Brooklyn, New York, where I work in development at a nonprofit organization that provides arts education for New York City public school students. I graduated with a degree in creative writing from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. During my time there, I studied literature at the University of Edinburgh and was awarded the Thomas E. Meehan Prize in Creative Writing.
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