I think the main influence in my life is my Mum. She is so lovely. In the summer when my Dad died, I learned a new side of her - because she is just so so strong & such a special person. I feel that I aspire to be like her I think and I also hope that she is proud of me in some ways!
The other person who I feel has been an influence is my Grandmother, (my Dad's mum) she died about 3 years ago I think & she was really old, like 98 or something. She had such an interesting life, she was born in Ireland (out in the wildest country) in 1906, and she endured so much throughout life, she travelled to England when she was about 17, pregnant & alone, she had to give the baby for adoption (but found her again, only about 9 years ago) and that was just the beginning! she wasn't the warmest of people & she wasn't even that nice sometimes - but I just had so so much respect for her
"The Optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious of the rose."
"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, its about learning to dance in the rain"