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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Inspirational Women

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.


  1. This is an awesome post. I am like you about the women thing. I just find that most women are judging, unkind, and overall mean. So, I treasure the women I meet that are truly good people.

    It's also so true that you should always care about how you treat people. I am the over nice and over giving person. People seem to always run over me and I let them for some reason. I had a girl who did this to me in high school. Then, not too long ago, we reconnected on MySpace. She pretty much told me that I was her only real friend and that she felt horrible for many years for being a bad friend to me. It was nice to hear after all of those years.

    Anyway, I can relate and great post.

  2. Very good post! You've got skills :) I've had a few women like this in my life. Thanks for sharing this.

  3. It is interesting to find out from people that you meant something to them.

    When I used to work at this after school program and I'd only sub for brief stints, the kids who I felt hated me cause they were in trouble all the time were the ones that tended to cry when I left.

    I guess we all just want someone to care.

    Thanks, Ladies, for your comments!

  4. I really enjoyed this post! I especially liked the teacher that pushed you to do your best!

  5. That's part of what got me into wanting to teach!