Inspire: Family and Fairly Positive Life

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The Person Who Has Inspired Me Most

Everyone needs to be inspired and having others inspire you can only have positive effects. Its one of life's win win things. By doing or saying things that inspire others we ourselves benefit, as we are giving rather than receiving, which as I see it, makes us all better people. Also, those we inspire benefit and hopefully go on to inspire others. It can only be good thing for society as a whole when we are inspired by others and we ourselves are an inspiration to others. So who has inspired me? Well, as a young person there were not many people who inspired me. I didn't particularly have an easy childhood. Although I didn’t grow up in poverty, I also didn’t grow up in the lap of luxury. My mom worked hard, she worked two jobs just to provide the necessities, for my brother and me. I was only 9 years old when my parents divorced after a very traumatic marriage. My dad left and I did not see him again until I was in my late teens. Still, I managed to develop a fairly positive life is a "glass half full" attitude, due to my mom, but mostly due to my dad’s twin brother, my Uncle Jim, who really was more of a father to me, more than my own biological father. He had the most positive outlook on life, more than any person I have ever known, and I think that is because of the obstacles he himself had to overcome, in his own very hard life. You see, my Uncle Jim was a quadriplegic. When he was 18, after coming home on leave from the army, he was involved in a car crash. The medical doctors did not expect him to live through the night, or even through the next few days, and then they told him that he would only be able to survive at the most, a few months. But my grandparents were not about to let that happen! You see, they were his inspiration. Not only did my uncle live for the next few months, but he lived to be 47! – That is 29 additional years of life that he experienced because of the motivation and...
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