Thursday, April 9, 2009
As you've probably figured out from reading my previous blogs, I'm not a fan of women. They tend to annoy me and make lousy friends. But, that doesn't mean that I don't appreciate their value and achievements! Look at all the brilliant women authors out there whose writings have inspired a nation. Look at Helen Keller, Eleanor Roosevelt, Amelia Earhart and Rosa Parks. They inspired millions of people, especially women just by being themselves and doing what they wanted to do.
But, even being inspirational to one person makes your life great. If you can impact one person's life in a positive way, you are special.
I was thinking today about the women that have inspired me in my life and I wanted to point them out because they deserve recognition.
1) My mom: she was not your typical shackled to her children, slaving over a hot stove type of woman. She had ambitions in life, she had a wonderful career and people admire her. She is a great example of a mom who did not have to give up her identity in order to raise good children and let them know she cared. Sure, she could have said "go ask your dad" one less time, but I believe her to be an excellent role model. I would love to have one ounce of the respect that her employees and co-workers give to her. She's amazing.
2) My grandma: Louise was the sweetest lady I ever met. She was so unselfish, it was inspirational. That woman showed me so much unconditional love, that I was often floored. Everyone needs to know that they are loved and valued, and this was her role in my life. She was proud of every move I made and made me feel like I was extremely special. Plus she made the best cheeseburgers on earth!
3) Ms. Vets: one of my high school teachers. I'll tell why she inspired me, but don't think I'm cocky! I half assed a lot of my high school assignments because I could. I knew compared to some of the other students, my work was standout. So, when I started to slack and not do my best in her class, instead of letting me skate with it, she took me aside one day and told me she expected better because she knew I could do better. I was so moved that this woman cared enough to bring out the best in me. (She also had the greatest sarcastic sense of humor! I loved it!)
4) Senora Kirchner: my high school Spanish teacher. In a sea of miserable faces, she stood out as one of the teachers who actually wanted to be there! Her daily "hola chicatitos" was a breath of fresh air. She made me want to learn, she made me love to learn and she is a wonderful person to boot. Leaving school was so exciting, but I actually got choked up thinking about not seeing her every day. She made me feel like a good person at a time when so many people felt as though I had let them down. I will never forget her as long as I live.
Okay, that is my list, lol. I don't mean to offend that people might not have made the list, my point is that these four women impacted my life in such a positive way that it has shaped who I am. And that is monumental in my book.
That is why it is so important to think about the way we treat other people and how we react. You never know whose life you might change.