I really had to take a few weeks to think about this one. The reason for that is because the world is so intra-connected, and so many things that people do affect so many others, even though they may not know them or consider them important. My second choice is the only one with a sorta-photo, because I think it’s more the content that counts, than the visual representation.
1. The first person that has mad an incredible impact on me, is myself. Who would I be today, without the time that I’ve spent with myself?
2. My former (sorta) teacher in high school: M. Chadsey (pictured above). He was a math teacher in my school at the time, and there was this instance that one day I was feeling so horrible, so dejected, and so disconnected from everything that I decided to sit in the far back corner of the classroom during a calculus lesson. There were about 10 students in the class so I was clearly ostracising myself from the group. This teacher came through the wall, to drop off his classes’ attendance slips, and he noticed where I was and how disconnected I appeared. He came over to talk to me, in the middle of my actual teacher’s lesson. He didn’t say much, or anything particularly important, but it veered my life in a different direction. Although I saw him daily, rarely ever talked, nor ever had him as a teacher, it was on my graduation day that I thanked him for being him, and gave him a huge hug. It was at that moment, that I decided that I wanted to be a teacher so that I could help others, and he’s been my idol ever since.
3. The other person was my former tennis coach, who will remain nameless. For stalkers, I have had several, so you can’t really guess which one. Essentially he was the one that taught me about realistic goals and expectations in an implicit way. In treating me differently, never believing in me, and showing me what I truly believed deep inside, I never became whom I wanted to be. It’s thanks to him, that I hold a bitter resentment for the rest of my life, and solidified my belief in skepticism and realism.
One good, one bad, one neutral; I feel this is a fair assessment