We all have someone that inspires us. Someone that gives us a sense of security, confidence, a drive to be extraordinary. Whether it be someone you know personally, someone you know of, or even a fictional character, there’s no denying that we are all inspired by at least one person in our lifetime. In my case I have multiple people that inspire me. Each one of these people have inspired me for completely different reasons, each one unique, much like the person that has inspired me. These people may not all know it, but they all mean very much a lot to me and have really helped to define the person who I am today.
First person that inspires me is my mum.
She inspires me for so many reasons, being the most amazing parent for instance. But the most noticeable inspiration she has given to me, is that after the tough times things DO get better. In the past, my mother has dealt with some serious mental health issues, as quite a lot of people have, but even when she felt like batting out, she kept fighting and is finally in the most amazing place ever.
To me, that is such an inspiring thing to think about, that even when you feel like giving up, you NEED to keep fighting and it will get better. It might take some time, but the end result is definitely worth the battle.
Of course, my dad is also someone that inspires me. Alongside my mother he inspires me by being the most amazing dad ever, but what really inspires most about him, is the way he stands up for himself and takes virtually no shit from anyone.
This is an issue I really struggled with when I was in high school. Not knowing how to stand up for myself and letting people walk all over me. I had always seen how my dad holds himself and stands up for himself, but it never really stuck too me. But at one point around 7 years ago I finally said enough is enough, and I finally channelled everything I’d seen my dad do and finally stand on my own two feet and not take shit, and I’m 1000% a better person for it.
Next is my friend Elaine. She doesn’t actually know I feel this way about her, but she’s honestly one of the strongest people I have ever met. She spent years dealing with some hard medical issues, that at times greatly affected her physically. But through it all, she didn’t let it stop her living her life to the fullest, not for one day. She still managed to travel and graduate uni and do everything she set her mind too. She is the living embodiement of not letting anything stop you living your life. Its a lesson that has stuck with me and I very much try not to let things stop me doing what I want to do.
Looking back at myself like 5 years ago, its weird to think about all the struggles I was going through with regards to coming out to my family and friends. I was so confused and not confident and full of self doubt about the entire situation. However it was my friend Aidan that pretty much inspired me to come out of the proverbial closet. At the time I met Aidan, I really needed someone in my life that was confident and comfortable with their sexuality and was pretty much “out and proud” and Aidan was that person for me. He taught me that it was okay to be who I was and to stop denying it. It was such a weight off my shoulders once I finally accepted who I am, and for that, I am eternally grateful to Aidan.
My first boyfriend. Mike. Although it ultimately did not work out with us romantically, we are still amazing friends, but I did learn an important lesson from our time together. I am worth loving. I realised that when it comes to relationships and such, I have a lot to offer. I fell that I never really felt, I guess worthy of being loved in the romantic sense because at that time in my life I had only recently come out and I was still so full of self doubt and virtually no confidence in who I was that I didn’t feel like I deserved to be loved. Everyone deserves to be loved!! When me and Mike were dating, we were devoted to each other, and its a feeling that I know I will have again, I’m just happy that Mike made me realise that I do deserve it.
My best friend inspires me to absolute no end. I think the most inspiring things about Jordan, to me anyway, is his compassion and loyalty. He is always there when I need him, even with me moving abroad, he didn’t let that stop our friendship growing and he is still always there to listen to my problems, give me advice and make me feel better. He always knows exactly what to say, even before I’ve came to him about a problem. He’s one of the most down to earth people I know and continually manages to keep me grounded and have my head on straight. He knows what he wants and he goes for it, strives to constantly reach his goals, making me want to reach mine too. He makes me the best version of myself and its something I’m going to cherish for the rest of my life, with him by my side.
I am so blessed to have been inspired by each of these people throughout my life, and each one of them have contributed into making me the person I am today. If it wasn’t for each of them, I don’t know what kind of person I would be, so I am eternally grateful to them for being some of the most inspiring people I know. My love goes out to you all!