People Influence Me

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Everyone starts out their life headed in their own direction. After time passes, other people influence us and lead us either in the right direction or lead us down a road of destruction. There are many people who have influenced us in our lives and the direction of our lives are going. Some lead us in a good way, and others lead us toward a long, hard way. A few people have guided me astray from my path and have lead me to trouble. A majority of people I know who are more active in my life, have been the ones helping me find my path to success once again and try to make me stay there. I feel that most of the people on my life have lived by this quote from the Dalai Lama, "Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And is you can't help them at least don't hurt them." Most people would say that in life, you cannot be influenced and nobody can change who you are. I disagree with this philosophy based off my experiences and all the people I know have influenced my life. I have learned that many people have been in my life, or have come into my life, and they have changed my life in some way, shape, or form.

Many deaths of various people in my life have helped me realize that those people have made an impression on my life that will last forever. Several people have passed away in my lifetime. Some I did not know all that well, but others have been especially close to me. One example is my Grandfather Sam who passed away when I was in third grade. Not to be discourteous to other people who are important in my life, but he was always extremely close to me. I would almost go as far as saying that he was the most special person in my life, and he still is to this day. He showed me that even though life gets rough sometimes, you are rewarded with the good times after you make it through the bad. He displayed this philosophy in his daily life. He had been through so much trouble and sadness in his life, such as witnessing the passing of his wife, daughter, and brother. He demonstrated that I should have the same philosophy in my life. My great-uncle Omar, nicknamed Bill, was a person in my life who left a large impression on my life. Sadly, I did not realize this until after I learned of his death. He had a great deal of hardships in his life, but he persevered through all of his hard times. In all the time I can remember, I never once saw him crumble emotionally because of hard times. He was always a strong person who never gave up. When his wife died, my aunt Danzel, he was at an all time low emotionally. I scarcely can remember her death, but what I do remember is that Bill never showed his sadness in front of his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, or his great-nieces and nephews. He proved to me that being strong emotionally is a great quality in life to have that helps you get through the hard times.

Great-Grandmother Florence was another great person who had influenced my life. Before the signs of Alzheimer's disease, my great-grandmother was very artistic, a skillful pianist, and was a cook of many delicious foods. Although I did not inherit her skills for art and for cooking, I am told that I have her natural talent for music. When I was younger, Great-Grandmother Florence would take me into the storage room, which was where the piano was located, and she would give me music books on top of music books that she had used before her health had declined. She would excitedly open some of the books and would ask me to play some of her favorite songs. No matter how badly I played them, she would always compliment me and then would show me what I was doing wrong in certain places. She showed me that being passionate about something, such as music, was a great thing and nothing to be ashamed of. She also demonstrated that encouraging others is a great way to raise somebody's self esteem. I never once saw her look down on anybody or discriminate against any person. She was a great role model on...
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