So, I was driving in the car with my husband the other day. A song by Taylor Swift came on. You may have heard it. Here's the video to refresh your memory.
Why am I sharing this, friends? We can find inspiration and memories in the strangest places. As a teenage girl, I distinctly remember looking at the guy that I had a crush on and thinking, "How can he be dating that girl? Doesn't he know that if he dated me he'd be happier?" Listening to that song again, I was taken back to that 16 year old moment. I felt the pain of being left out and left behind. It didn't help that my family rules didn't allow me to date any one seriously in high school. I wanted more than anything to be the girl that he looked at in that special way. And I wasn't.
Sitting in my car, I knew that if a song (and more than one) had been written about that feeling, other people would probably relate to it, too. A story started to develop in my head. An idea for a contemporary piece. I may never write it, but I have a starting place. And more than that, I have a theme that can be used in other stories.
What's inspiring you today, friends?