#BEDM Day 30 - Who inspires me

Hiya cockles!

It's the penultimate day of the Blog Every Day in May challenge. Today's topic is about inspiration.

Who inspire you? Are they close to you? Somebody famous? Or even somebody infamous?

My inspirations:

My mum. 

She's never had an easy life. She was brought up in real poverty, fell pregnant with me at the age of 18, got a hernia giving birth to my brother which has plagued her ever since, had a horrible marriage to my dad (sorry dad!), and is in general ill health now. I don't know how she's managed to stay chipper all these years of being ill and dirt poor. She's never had any luck except bad luck yet she still keeps smiling and laughing. Of course some of her struggle is echoed in my life now and from my point of view, smiling is what you do to trick your brain into happiness, so maybe that's my mum's salvation too. All I ever wanted to do was make enough wages so mum never had to worry about money, but now of course my health has failed somewhat and any grand schemes I had as a younger woman to 'save' my mum from poverty are just that - dreams. If I won the lottery I'd have her in a beautiful house with a pool as soon as you could say 'Hell yeah!' It would give me the utmost pleasure to look my mum in the eyes and say 'Mum, you will never have to worry about money another day in your life. Anything your heart desires is yours.'

Vashti Whitfield.
I've spoken about Vashti before. She was married to Andy Whitfield, star of Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Since Andy's sad passing, Vashti has blown me away with her honesty, grace, and openness to whatever the future brings. She's not a Superwoman living with no fear for the future - she looks fear in the eye, raises her fists and dares it to make the first move. Virtually every time I read Vashti's blog I end up crying - sad tears, happy tears, inspired tears and 'Girl, you got balls!' tears. She turns every negative into a reason to learn and grow and should I ever find myself grieving as Vashti has, I can only hope to find a similar strength in myself. If you've ever lost someone special, or if you need motivation to live your life with bravery and openness, I strongly suggest giving her a read. As her blog header reminds us - we only get one life.

The Queen.
I think the Queen is a perfect example of how to carry out duty. She devoted herself to Britain at a very young age and without the right mindset, she could've ended up feeling like she had a millstone around her neck. I think she's a very smart woman who realised she could love her role or hate it but either way it was still hers, so she chose to love it. She has a smile which lights up a room and she seems to derive real pleasure from meeting her subjects. She's one class act and when she dies (hopefully at the age of about 117 in her sleep!) it's going to be a very, very dark day not just for Britain and the Commonwealth, but the whole bloody world. 

I could go on and on, but all good things come in threes, don't you think?

Care to share some of your inspirations with me?

Thanks for reading.

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