Maggie is our hostess this week for the Throwback Thursday memories.
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Usually I write my responses off the cuff but today I shall use Maggie’s questions as a guide.
- Who were the people you looked up to as a child? Were they family or someone outside your family?
- At what age did you feel aspirations for your life? Who inspired you?
- Did you have a role model who was in the public eye, such as an actor or a politician?
- What draws you to people that inspire you?
- Have you lost someone you considered a mentor? How did that loss affect you?
- Has a role model ever disappointed you or let you down?
- Have you ever found yourself in the role of a mentor for someone else?
- At this stage of your life, what caliber of people inspire you to greatness?
I was brought up to respect my elders, so that would include my grandparents, great grandparents, uncles and aunts. I can remember visiting them but not them being mentors as such.
Teachers were always treated with respect, and when I was a young child, I was encouraged in subjects I was good at (music, English and maths) and not ridiculed for those I wasn’t. Grammar school changed all that and although I still respected my teachers, most had no time for me as a pupil, let alone an individual.
In my working life, my ‘first boss’ was actually my Mum’s and I helped out in the packing side of things in the school holidays. He was a good man and thought a lot of my Mum.
Most of the bosses I worked for were OK, and one stood by me when I had my breakdown in the late 1980s. I am forever grateful to her for that.
I can’t say I had a famous role model or that one has disappointed or let me down.
I see people as human with their flaws, and even the most popular can fall from grace.
People who inspire me are mostly those here in WordPress with their challenges, but as for inspiration to greatness? I’ll take a back seat on that.
However, there is one person who was my inspiration, role model and mentor who taught me a lot, loved me for who I was, and was there for me when I needed them. My Dad. He understood me better than anyone and I miss him terribly. If you read this post, you will understand.
I am lucky in that I have Hubby in my life who understands me almost as well as my Dad did, loves me unconditionally and is always there for me. He is my everything.