Inspirational People – The Gallery

The Gallery theme this week is Inspirational People.

Who has inspired me?

There is the teacher at school who did not have a television and challenged my thinking.

There is the solicitor who fought miscarriages of justice.

There is the lovely Freddie Mercury who I admire for his creativity and his willingness to live his life his way.

I could talk about my late Mum who inspired me to blog in the first place. However, I tend to write about her as part of the Little Legacies Project organised by Penny at the Alexander Residence blog.

So family wise, here is an inspirational person.

Mum always said she would be happy if I worked on the Pick and Mix in Woolworths. I think if anything my ambition frightened her a bit. In reality, she need not have worried as I did not achieve much in the end.

The photograph below is my lovely Dad. He always encouraged my ideas about what I might achieve. He is a decent man and I strive to be as good-hearted and true. He always believed in me and used to tell me to walk tall as I am as good as anybody. Dad has travelled the world and understands about different cultures. When Dad talks, it is always good conversation and plenty of laughter too.

I now live with my Dad and as I attempt to revive myself after the first 10 years of parenting, he inspires me to work to be the best that I can be on all fronts. He has developped a keen interest in my blogging and social networking which is not bad at all for a 84 year old. He teaches me that it is never too late to learn or to try new things. His example has also demonstrated to me that although never the same, there is life after loss.

In the last couple of years, several people have said I inspire them. How I do this when I am a stay at home mum battling huge weight issues and struggling to get back whatever va-va voom I had in the first place, I have no idea. However, it does please me that people make changes to their lives saying they were inspired by something I did.


  1. Mari October 12, 2011 / 3:25 pm

    Did you grow a moustach? Surely not ๐Ÿ˜€
    I love to read people inspired by their parents and how fortunate to be with your dad all the time, my 91 year old nana works a laptop and emails family abroad, I’m proud of her too.
    Lovely post

  2. kelloggsville October 12, 2011 / 3:30 pm

    Freddie Mercury and Dad both made me nod lots, good choices ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Mama Syder October 12, 2011 / 4:16 pm

    Very touching post. Your Dad sounds so lovely! x

  4. sarahmumof3 October 12, 2011 / 6:51 pm

    what a lovely post, your dad sounds wonderful ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  5. The Boy and Me (@TheBoyandMe) October 12, 2011 / 7:36 pm

    That is a beautiful post and the love for your dad shines through in your words. I hope he reads this and realises how much he’s a star?

  6. motherventing October 12, 2011 / 7:47 pm

    Ooh, I loved Freddie, he was a legend! Good choice. And I hope you did grow the ‘tache.

    Lovely post, your dad sounds like a good’un ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. helloitsgemma October 12, 2011 / 8:10 pm

    I think you do inspire people – very much so. You are trying to get back your Va Va Voom (love that) and are very honest about it – but what I love is that he inspires you and supports you and together you obviously make a great team.

  8. NotMyYearOff October 13, 2011 / 9:51 am

    You dad sounds groovy indeed!! 84 and still got a thirst to learn is brilliant. I love Freddies story, they’re making it into a movie. I shall be watching!

  9. Funky Wellies October 13, 2011 / 10:32 am

    I love your very honest post, it is inspirational in itself! Your Dad sounds like a great person, you are lucky to still have him around, I miss mine a lot. xx

  10. susankmann October 14, 2011 / 3:53 pm

    Aww Dad’s are a great inspiration. I miss mine so much xx

  11. Multiple Mummy October 15, 2011 / 1:12 pm

    Mum, Dad, freddie…hit the nail on the head there! A great tribute to clearly a great man. x

  12. ghostwritermummy October 16, 2011 / 3:27 pm

    Ah, what a lovely post. Off to check out grooving mums now …

  13. Liberty Henwick January 23, 2018 / 12:40 pm

    A lovely tribute, and wonderful that he will read it! Your wonderful way with words inspires me, I pick your blog to read when I see it in a Linky now! #TheMMLinky

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