Was there someone in your life who had a big influence on the direction your life took? I always wonder what makes people choose their path. I know there are some gifts we are born with. We may have natural talents such as art or music that lead us to choose a career path, but if these talents aren't nurtured would we still take that path?
When I was a child I had Aunt Rose. Oh look, there I am in the picture with her.
Aunt Rose was my grandfather's older sister and she was what was called, back in the day, an old maid. My grandfather used to say that she spent too much time picking the bark off the tree when her suitors came calling.
I don't know why she never married, but I do know that for a short time in my life, before her death, she loved me dearly. You could say she doted on me and for that I am grateful, because there was not a lot of doting going on otherwise. Aunt Rose was the one who stirred my interest in needle work (she made beautiful crochet and embroidery pieces) and in antiques. Her room was filled with them and I loved every piece. I inherited some of those pieces.
These days I sell vintage and antiques and I love finding antique embroidery and crochet pieces. I keep a large basket filled with my finds next to my bed. I passed on most of Aunt Rose's work to my daughters.
Yes, there have certainly been other people who have influenced the paths I have chosen in life, some good and some bad, but I remember Aunt Rose as being the earliest.
So do you have a person or persons who you believe acted as a mentor or influencer in your life.
Pull up a chair, grab a nice glass of lemon water, and let's talk.