What Inspires Me

Dedication

I dedicate this hub to my aunt. Rarely you will ever meet someone so caring and loving. You always wanted everyone to be smiling and everyone who met you loved you. We will miss you and love you. I just know you are dancing in heaven now.

R.I.P. Aunt Debbie Jan. 18 1955-Oct. 19 2010 You are truly an inspiration.


Inspiration

Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are.

Arthur Golden

Love never fails; Character never quits; and with patience and persistence;
Dreams do come true.

Pete Maraviche

My alarm goes off. It's already morning but my feet still hurt and back is still achy, I know I have to get up soon, get ready for yet another day of all the same things. I think about just quitting my job. I think I can find another one. All those reasons I have for working seem unimportant at times. It's just easier to go back to sleep and take a break for a little while. It will be ok.

After a couple times with my snooze button, I get up, make some coffee and prepare to face another day. By this time I'm thinking clearly and remember at least one thing that motivates me to do all this.

Coffee in hand, I amble over to the computer in the hopes of creating another hub before work. After much dithering an idea for a new one takes hold. 

Life is uncertain and often full of hardship. You must have a passion for it to succeed at it. It is not enough to simply exist day to day. But as Eisenhower says "It's not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog".

So despite blood, sweat or tears, I will conquer my world with my incredible enthusiasm and refuse to quit. Here is some of the many things that inspires me and the lessons they have taught me.

My second favorite picture of us.
My second favorite picture of us.

My Husband

My husband inspires me to keep things funny. Ask a friend or family member to describe him and they will talk about his heart and how funny he is. They know if they need him, he will be there no matter what the task that needs doing.

We met working in the same store but different areas when I was a senior in high school I caught his attention and he started talking to me. We talked for a few minutes until I had to go home. He was nervous so he shook my hand bye and I looked up into his eyes. We both define that as the second we fell in love but it was awhile before we admitted it. Our first date was a few days later, and from there we became a part of each other. We married two years later. Like many couples, we don't always agree but no amount of arguing was ever enough to damage the incredible bond we have. I am just me and I'm grateful that he loves me anyway.

During the last eight years, he has taught me that life is nearly always funny. Even when the small tragedies happen we will still celebrate with tears or laughter.


Dosha, the dog who has twice laughed at death.
Dosha, the dog who has twice laughed at death.

My Dog

It may seem strange for me to say my dog inspires me, but this is an amazing dog. He inspires me not to give up even if the alternative would seem much easier.

We adopted him as a puppy from a litter down the street from us. He was the smallest one but he had the most spirit. For the first few days everything was fine. Then he started getting sick. He couldn't keep down the medicine we were given for him and steadily kept getting weaker. During the night, he vomited up everything we gave him. We almost gave up but thankfully my husband's mom stepped in. After a couple of days, he started eating a little bit. This tiny puppy didn't give up and soon grew huge. But this wasn't the only time he faced death and came back stronger.

Like many large breeds of dogs, he developed hip dysplacia as he got older. He is a tough dog so it didn't slow him down too much until this summer. He started sleeping more and all but refused to get up. His back legs started losing muscle and he could barely even walk. We kept him in the house while we researched our options. Even weak as he was, he still refused to make a mess in the house and would struggle up whenever he needed outside.  So it was a shock the first time he wet himself and we worried what that meant. After that he wouldn't even look at us.  For the second time we watched the life fade from his eyes.

Heartbroken, I prepared to make the call to the vet but my husband asked me to wait one more day. I wasn't sure it was right but agreed. There was no change most of the day. We changed the towel under him and unsuccessfully tried to get him to eat or drink. Later that night he rolled his head over and looked at us, the first time in the past couple of days. The next morning he had struggled up and wanted outside. He sat out in the front yard for an hour before wanting back inside but was still too weak to make it back up the stairs and had to be carried back inside.  Now just a few weeks later he is almost back to normal.

He is a smart dog. He knew what his choices were and chose to not give up. 

Family and Friends

Even as I'm writing this, I remember so many other people that have inspired me or taught me something.

My grandparents taught me that no matter how what happens life will go on. When I was little, I stayed at their house at least two weekends a month. As I grew up and started high school I didn't visit as much. Not spending enough time with them is one of the few regrets I have.

They made it through the Depression and my grandfather served in Vietnam. Whenever I remember my grandfather I remember how he rarely sat down, he was always doing something. My grandmother loved ceramics and made beautiful plates, figurines and ornaments. From the moment they met my future husband they treated him as part of the family.

When my grandfather got sick, my friend took me to the hospital to visit. I held his hand and told him that he had always inspired me to be strong and asked him to get better so I can visit him at home, He said that he loved me, but then said that he was tired and wanted to sleep. I said goodbye and I would come back.. He reached for my hand again and firmly repeated that he loved me and he was tired and needed to sleep. A day later my dad called me to say the he was gone and I knew that he had been ready to go. He served his country and came home to serve his family.

He was cremated and buried with honors. The folded flag with three bullets tucked in was presented to my grandmother. "Taps" was played by a bugler, everyone said their goodbyes and it was done.

My grandmother got sick a few months later, around Thanksgiving. My husband, brother and I visited her in the hospital. She sat in her hospital bed and like a tiny general, issued orders to Dad, instructing him in everything from making sure everyone got the Christmas gifts she had bought, in the care of her dog, Pepper, and what bills needed to be paid. She knew what was coming and faced it bravely and with humor, doing her best to insure that everyone would be ok.

I admire both my parents for simply not giving up.  They haven't had it easy and we might not always be happy with each other but they do the best they can and I thank them for everything they have given me.

My younger brother no longer needs me so much, if he ever really did, but he is the second reason I work so hard.  When he is ready, he will be great and I look forward to see what he will become. 

Lastly but not least, friends have always been there for me.  Some of them are no longer in my life but that life would not be the same without their help or influence. 

What Are You Inspired By?

I've shared some of the things that inspire me and I'm interested in what inspire others. What do you get out of bed for every morning and fight for?

Feel free to comment below or contact me with your blogs of inspirations or lessons you've learned and I will happily link to them. After all, the holidays are almost here and it's always a great time to remember all the wonderful things that motivates us.

And finally let me thank everyone on Hubpages that has ever commented on my hubs and encouraged me. You have shown me that I might just actually accomplish something with my writing.

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What Inspires you? 4 comments

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FloBe 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Thanks for your hub, evvy_09...to answer your question: Learning inspires me. Learning new things is my passion and if I've got a new project to work on or need to do research (even for other people) I can work for hours trying to get an answer. I've been trying to figure myself out for years and I guess that will continue! :)


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evvy_09 6 years ago from Athens, AL Author

Thanks for the comment! Learning new things is great inspiration. Knowledge is power. Don't worry too much about figuring yourself out and just be wonderful you.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

I love your dedication to your aunt. Let'ee, what inspires me? My husband, daughters, and friends and their faith in me and their love for me. My love for education - both teaching and learning. There are so many things out there to look at for inspiration. Wonderful hub. Voted up and awesome.


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evvy_09 6 years ago from Athens, AL Author

Thank you...she was really my husband's aunt but I thought of her as my own. To everyone, from our friends to my brother's girlfriend, she was Aunt Debbie. We lived next door to her and now the house feels so empty.

One day she was over here, just making everyone laugh, the very next day she was in a coma...and I never got to tell her..evn now I still can almost expect her to jsut come over

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