#5. The person (outside of my family) who has had the greatest influence on my life is…
Oh dear, this is a tough one. I find inspiration from so many people in my life, I feel bad just picking one. So I hope anyone out there who feels a little offended or sad that Id dint’ pick them, sorry! Just remember that you’ve inspired me lots too, and I wouldn’t be who I am without you :).
I suppose if I had to pick just one person though, I’d pick my friend Ryan. Ryan and I have been friends about 5 years now, give or take, and we have spent a fuck-ton of time together (pardon my English). Ryan’s probably the greatest influence on my life because he has taught me kindness, acceptance, and tolerance. I used to be extremely unhappy, and to me it feels like every year I’ve known him, I’ve been a little happier. I think having such a great and supportive friend around has influenced me to be a better person, and to keep motivating myself to be happier.
I look back on how I used to be and how I used to feel when I was younger, and I definitely know I never felt as secure and sure of myself as I do now. If I didn’t have the love and support from my dear friends, especially my good friend Ryan, then I probably wouldn’t be the person I am today. I can definitely say that I am a better person because of Ryan – you could say I was his experiment of sorts.
I could say much more about my dear friend, but I’ve probably embarrassed him enough! Thank you so much Ryan, you are the Rose to my Dorothy, the Buster to my Lucille, and the Xander to my Willow. Thank you! 🙂
Oh, and Ryan – I totally raided your Facebook for photos. Teehee!