Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Blame them


This weeks question:
Who are the top 5 most influential people in your life? Who has helped define who you are, and why?

I have to say that I am having an unbelievably difficult time writing this post. Not because I don't have anything to say, but because there is so much to say that I can't seem to focus and figure out how to say it all. I apologize in advance if things get a bit muddled.

Hmmmm...I guess the easiest thing to do is just to list the biggest influences in my life and then see if I can come up with a coherent explanation of why I chose the people that I chose. FYI- I have decided there is no possible way that I can narrow it down to 5.

Anyway, here goes...

1. My Mom
2. My Dad
3. Ciara
4. Kevin
5. My Grandparents
6. My Brother & Sister
7. My cousin Joy

Now let's see if I can explain (I'm going to have to make it quick because I've been trying to write this for nearly an hour and now it is very late and I need to go to bed)

My parents are 100% without a doubt the most influential people in my life. They created me, and then took on the responsibility of raising me and teaching me how to navigate my way through this crazy world. They taught me everything that they could about life and then trusted me to use the information wisely. I am who I am because of who they are as people and as parents.

Ciara is another unbelievably enormous influence in my life. I know that sounds odd, because I'm supposed to be her influence, right? The truth of the matter is that I learn something new from her every single day. Becoming a parent changes everything. I want to be the very best that I can be for her.

Kevin is my best friend. He taught me what it is to Love. Over the years he has helped me to come out of my shell and taught me to believe that I am worthy of love. Our relationship teaches me more and more about myself every single day.

My Grandparents helped to raise me. There are no words to explain what I gained from having them in my life.

My siblings- if you have any yourself you understand. If you don't then I feel a little bit sorry for you. There is nothing in this world that compares to the relationship you have with your siblings. They may get on my nerves, and I may make fun of them on occassion- but NOBODY had better try to mess with either one of them unless they want to experience my wrath.

My cousin Joy...Oh goodness, how do I explain Joy? Joy is the one person in my life that brings out the crazy in me. She can get me to do things that no other human on the face of the planet could ever convince me to do. I have no clue how she does it. I guess she's just cool like that.

Ok...off to bed!



6 fabulous responses:

Dana said...

Great post. I've been thinking about mine for a week and I'm still not really happy with what I wrote. Seth's grandpa passed away today as well, so it's gotten my head a little distracted.

Beck said...

I love your blog! That was such a great post! Hope you have a wonderful week!
Rebecca (:

Claire said...

Nice post... you're right - it would be too hard to try and whittle that list down to 5..

Jen E @ mommablogsalot said...

I realized about 2 or 3 top 5 entries later that I'd left out an obvious person, my husband, but when I told him that he said he understood, that he kind of went without saying as we run parallel in everything we do - sweet of him, huh? :P

Great answers!

Julie said...

Absolutely lovely Shannon :)

Shannon said...

They sound like lovely people and I think it's probably a good thing they all influenced you and made you who you are today :-)