Josh Irby

Live from Sarajevo

Monday Motivation: Freedom Writers

This has been a very unmotivated monday for me. I am working to establish a new rhythm here in the States and the transition is draining me. I really needed Hilary Swank (or her character Erin Gruwell) to show up at my door this morning and give me a talking to.

In Freedom Writers, Erin is a creative writing teacher working at an underprivileged school. She believes in these students more than they believe in themselves. And that belief changes them.

“I don’t want excuses. I know what you’re up against. We’re all of us up against something. So you better make up your mind, because until you have the balls to look me straight in the eye and tell me this is all you deserve, I am not letting you fail. Even if that means coming to your house every night until you finish the work. I see who you are. Do you understand me? I can see you. And you are not failing.” – Erin Gruwell (Hilary Swank)

Have a great week!


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