I have had many various influential people in my life but I would have to say that my Mother has made the biggest impact of all. Most everything that I am today is a result of influences and examples I have received from my Mother. She has made so many different opportunities available to me, without which I do not know where I would be.
I find my Mother to be a very inspiring person; the reasons for this are endless. My Mom has been through multiple hardships over the course of her life and throughout it all she has become an exceptionally strong, loving, and wise person. This fact alone astounds me and when compounded with the fact that my Mother, amidst it all, still manages to have a quick, clever, and upbeat sense of humor I am left awe-struck.
The things I have learned and continue to learn from my Mother are endless; she has taught me all of the founding principles of my life and for that I am eternally thankful. Though my Mother and I have many discussions on various subjects, within which I learn many different things, I believe that many of the things I learn from her are discovered and observed from example. I am a strong believer in the notion that the saying “like father, like son” transfers into both genders, however, I do think that this is more a result of following example rather than a result of inheritance or genetics. It is common knowledge that not everyone is perfect, even heroes, and in realizing this I know that I although I wish to be like my Mother in most ways I do not in all. This realization may be one of the most important things I have learned, my Mother has taught me to base my decisions in life not solely on the examples and actions of others but simply on what I gather and learn from the examples and actions of others. In other words, she has taught me not to follow blindly but to make my own decisions based on what I think is important.
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