This post on inspirational people in your life was sponsored by BORN THIS WAY which airs on this A&E Network. All opinions are my own.
When was the last time you stopped and thought about people who inspire you?
I know that it is easy to get bogged down in the daily grind of life and not consider the impact others are having on us.
However, as part of an attitude of gratitude, I like to take time now and then to consider this.
At first thought, it is easy to consider those closest to us as being an inspirational person. Your parents are often top of mind as they were the first to love you and help guide you on the path to the person you would become.
However, when I stop and think about others in my life, there are many who could be considered inspirational people.
Inspirational People in Your Life: Examples from Mine
Usually, it is not the person who seems to have everything. Their life is not a charmed one. They are not ‘superstars’ in the eyes of the world.
Rather, they are people who when faced with adversity meet the challenge head on. If asked, they might be quick to say they do not view themselves as inspirational to others.
There is an extended family member who knew a divorce from her husband was needed. Yet, she has handled the process and years afterwards with such grace that one might consider her an example how we should all be acting (whether married or divorced!) Instead of maintaining segregation at milestone events, I have seen photos where an outsider might not even suspect it was a divorced couple with their children.
There are family members who continued to make time for others when they were going through the torture of cancer treatment. One aunt welcomed a few of my boys into her house to stay when we visited my parents. Rather than sink into negativity, she embraced the positive and did her best to continue a normal relationship with the family.
A cousin, now long since deceased, was the most loving and kind-hearted individual I knew. She was several years older than me, but never considered me too young to play with when we visited. My cousin, Gail, had Downs Syndrome. (That’s me on the far left and my cousin Gail on the far right.)
Born at a time when the common course of action was to give up your child to an institution where they were expected to have a very short life. My Aunt Delia refused the pressure from the medical establishment and brought Gail home where she was raised surrounded by love. Gail was a delight to all who knew her until her death in her 30s.
Inspirational People in Your Life: A Look at Born This Way
Born This Way is a series on A&E Network which chronicles the lives of a group of young adults born with Downs Syndrome (Trisome-21) as they pursue their passions while defying society’s expectations. The series also follows their parents who share their own journey of joy, sacrifice, and unconditional love.
Watch a clip where you meet Rachel, a young woman with Downs Syndrome. Like the rest of the young adults featured in this series, she is an inspiration – facing the challenges and obstacles of life with courage, grace, determination, and love.
Season 2 of Born This Way premieres tomorrow (July 26, 2016) on the A&E Network. Definitely, check it out and be inspired!
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Who Are the Inspirational People in Your Life?
Have you told them?