1. People who have influenced or inspired you
Wow, I would have to say first and foremost, my mom. My mom is the strongest, most loving, wonderful person I know. My mom is my best friend, she knows my deepest secrets and protects them like her own. I am so very proud to be her daughter, she worked multiple jobs to ensure that we never wanted for anything. She graduated from college, the same year I did, her nursing graduation picture is one of my favorites. While we may not always agree, we always respect each other.
Second, I would say my grandmother. G-ma, yes, that is what I called her... never had a negative word to say about anyone. G-ma and I had a running joke, when I was little, I use to tell her she was not allowed to die until I got married and had children. Well, I did not get married until my 30's and she would say, "you better hurry up, I ain't no spring chicken". I would counter and say, "G-ma, you are not a spring chicken, you're a baby chick"! G-ma was there for my wedding, enjoying the cake and champagne. Whenever, I get frustrated and say negative things about someone, I can hear G-ma, reminding me to always look for the good in everyone. I endeavor daily and usually fail to remember this.