Someone Who Has Influenced the Way I See the World


love – Photo by Moyan Brenn.

I’ve thought about this a lot lately. Obviously, there are many people who have shaped me into who I am today. One person who answered this question on Plinky mentioned that they are influenced by everyone they meet and I would have to agree with that completely. Everyone I come into contact with affects me and makes me who I am.

But I’ve lately been specifically thinking about my husband and how he has influenced me. He is the reason I am who I am at this moment. We have been together for the entirely of our adult lives, which is almost 20 years. We are best friends. We have been through so much together.

We have real conversations. Like really real. About life, the universe, and everything in between. Politics. Right and wrong. Religion. He makes me think. He has always made me think.

He actually likes to read stuff that I write and he encourages me in these creative pursuits. He gives me great feedback and suggestions. His feedback and encouragement have pushed me along, given me confidence to keep going and challenged me to see things in a different way.

He makes me laugh. His twisted sense of humor causes me to see humor in things that I might not otherwise.

I wonder what kind of a person I would be today if I hadn’t met him at Skate Church 20 years ago? I’m not sure I would recognize myself.

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