This is going to sound really, really clichéd, but one of my biggest sources of inspiration and motivation now that I’m a grown woman is the first grown woman I ever knew: my mother. There are a lot of aspects to how my mother influenced me, but perhaps this quote here sums it up best for me:
A little girl, asked where her home was, replied, "where mother is." ~Keith L. Brooks
Now that I think about it, no matter how angry or disappointed my mother was (or still is) with me, I’ve always found her presence reassuring. I remember when I was still a little girl, whenever I did something bad enough to make my mother really, really mad, I would be afraid to be near her, but I was even more afraid to be far away from her. So I would tail her from room to room, maintaining a ‘safe’ distance but always trying to keep her in my sight. It wasn’t that she was infinitely patient; in fact, her temper was quite legendary. However, she could somehow create this feeling that above all else, she cared for her children, and that despite her incredible anger or disappointment, that basic feeling would never change. So, while she never failed to scare or shame me when the need arose, she was still the comforting presence she always was.
And that’s basically the kind of person I would like people—friends, family, colleagues, future children—to feel about me; that no matter how bad a situation is, no matter how emotional I get, people still feel that I will do the right thing and be comfortable to be near me. I don’t think I’m nowhere near being there yet, but I have one heck of a role model… ^^