It's just a fact: we all have people who inspire us to move forward with our passions. It doesn't matter who these people are, whether they're rich or poor, friend or stranger, or even if they exist outside of the written world. None of that matters. What matters is that these people have touched you and affected your life in a special way that other people haven't.
A lot of people like to rank them, such as "The Top Ten Inspiring People", but I'm not. For me, inspiration can't be measured or ranked. It's a feeling, not an object. It's not even an award, and it's different for each person.
This woman is the very definition of strength; not necessarily muscle-wise, (although I'm sure she's strong in that aspect as well!) but in will power and sheer guts. She doesn't care what anyone thinks of her, and is completely okay with looking like an idiot; but maybe that's why we love her so much.
For me, she's a role model, the very definition of the kind of woman I strive to be.
Everything about Jen screams "Be whoever the heck you want to be," something that gives strength to other young women as well.
Author of the Something Strange and Deadly book series, and the soon-to-be Truthwitch series, Sooz is also a blogger and dedicated cookie-eater. But these aren't what makes her inspiring.
I consider Sooz to be my "twin" of sorts. Granted, I'm not quite as DIY or gluten-free oriented as she is (but I'm not saying either of those are bad!) but we do share a lot of similarities, such as our happy-go-lucky attitudes and writing styles.
Sooz is inspiring to me because she is an exemplary for writing and motivation (in my opinion). She makes goals for herself and sticks to them until she either succeeds or breaks. That's the kind of person I would like to be, because sometimes I'm not as motivated as I would like to be.
Now, I should mention that I've always thought being in the military would be awesome. I'm the kind of person who has this 'mess with me and I'll mess you up' kind of attitude, but I lack the body type that would survive even a day in the military.
However, he has inspired me to use this 'fire' in other ways, like he did when he left the SEALs. He helped other veterans adjust to normal life again, and wrote about his experiences.
His life makes me want to work that much harder, so that maybe someday I can inspire people as well. So that maybe people will read my books and want to be just like the characters in them.
Chris didn't die. You can't kill a hero like that. No matter what, people will remember him and be inspired by him.
Ok, I said i wasn't going to rank them, but this one is definitely #1.
Because I know he wouldn't want me to use his real name, we're going to refer to him as Stark on this website (in reference to the Iron Man character).
My dad is an incredible person. He's been through a lot, and even when he was young, he managed to keep his head on straight.
For example: a good percentage of kids with divorced parents don't graduate high school. He did. His step mom told him he'd never make it in the marines. He did. People told him he'd never get places. He started his own business in our kitchen, which grew and moved to our basement, which grew more and moved to its own building with employees. When the co-owner decided to drag the business under, my dad was unemployed for a year, but never gave up. He started a new business, and is thinking about running for a city office (he totally should though. he's a natural leader.)
He has nerves of steel, a sound and logical mind, strict personal values that can't be wavered, and a kind heart. He's probably had the biggest hand in making me who I am, and I believe that I am a lot like him. I hope that someday I can make him proud ( He says I already do, but I want to more)
Thanks "Stark", you inspire me!
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