It’s odd that when you start to make changes and workout that you start to come across a lot of inspirational quotes. Most quotes are from famous people, people that we’ve never met or who never even lived in the same time period as us.
While words can be beautiful and can spark something in you, I started thinking about what it means to really be inspired by something or someone.
A lot of the things I’m reading are amazing things and do ignite passion deep down, but I recently realized that the one thing that is a true inspiration to me is a person that is not famous, you don’t know them, and you probably never will. To be able to live my life with this person in it is an honor and a pleasure.
I know what sparked this need for change in my life, but so far throughout this whole process there’s been one person I’ve been modeling my decisions after and she’s always been my last fact checker. While I appreciate all the feed back I’ve gotten and the pointers and tips, I usually run everything by her and take her opinion over most.
I had the please of meeting her when she was 18 and the person I knew then is not the person I know now. We all have our reasons or personal struggles and internal confusion, but I always could see her potential to be an amazing person. We reconnected after several years and today I now know the person I always saw inside of her. She looked at her life, made changes and did things most people are afraid to do.
Not many of us have the desire to really analyze ourselves, break our selves down, and then start over and rebuild ourselves. It’s not an easy process by any means, I’m learning that myself, but once you start to accept who you are and what you need to change, those changes aren’t so bad. You have to suffer some humility and you’ll probably lose some people in your life along the way. But those things all happen for a reason and in the end you’ll be a better person.
I don’t know if many people are luckily to have someone in their life that has completely transformed them self for the better, but I do and it’s made me realize that this isn’t impossible.
So to have inspirational words is one thing and does push me, but to have a person in my life that is an inspiration, I couldn’t ask for more. I have a friend to go to who understands what I’m trying to do, someone I can talk to and confide in.
For me to say people like Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King or Bruce Lee are inspirations in my life would be false, none of us have ever gotten to know them, we only know what we’re told. So while their words can be inspirational and light a fire inside us, there’s nothing like having someone in your life that is a true inspiration that you can talk to day in and day out.
I just hope that I don’t let her down and keep living my life the way I say I want to. She’s put a lot of time in to me thus far and the only thing I think I can do to repay her is by putting forth my best effort and making myself in to a better person.
P.S. I do have 3 people that are inspirations in my life to which I’ll expound upon at a later date.