Influence

I’ve had a rubbish day and it’s now 1.30am, and I don’t have a clue what to write about today. I really just don’t want to, I’m done with today.

All I’ve got is that it amazes me sometimes just how any random person can have an influence on your life. As a young kid your biggest influences are of course the people looking after you, your parents normally. But growing up and afterwards, it could be literally anybody. Musicians, actors and actresses, books, films, characters. Therapists, teachers, friends, professionals you meet that cause you to decide you want to do their job when you’re older. Paintings, experiences, fears, dreams.

That’s so very far from an exhaustive list.

What I really find interesting is what things influence different people. How somebody going around picking up litter off a beach as they walk their dog could have no influence on 5 people, but the 6th stops and thinks, and feels heavy hearted, and is subsequently influenced to always pick up litter they see as they walk their dogs in future. How some people can just ignore a kind act or a good deed, and how others are influenced by it. How some people experience traumas that cause them to abuse, and how others don’t. How we can be completely opposed in how we’ve been influenced by the similar things.

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