Memories of an extraordinary woman
Do you have a hero or heroine in life, dead or alive? I’m not talking about celebrities or famous icons. If I was, I’d be telling you that I always wanted to be wonder woman.
I’m talking more about the people who have been part of our lives in some way and who have left such an impact that you don’t go a day without thinking about them.
I’m talking about the people who you want to be like and if someone told you just that, you would take it as a huge compliment.
For me, the woman who has left a lasting impact on me and who I carry in my head and my heart everyday is my maternal grandmother.
She died almost 18 years ago. This means I have lived the same amount of time without her now as I lived with her in my life. How is it then that I still remember everything about her? Those memories are as vivid now as they were the day she died.
Did she have an extraordinary career? No she did not. Was she famous? No she was not. Was she an international peacekeeper? No she was not. She was however, many wonderful things and above all, she was a strong matriarch.
She had so many qualities I thought were vital for a woman to have. She was fiercely independent, she was determined, she was loving and caring, she would help anyone, she was a fixer, she was honest, she was witty and she was the most awesome multitasker! She did everything at lightning speed and never sat down.
I have lived the last 18 years without her, thinking what would she think, what would she do, what would she say about so many things. Whilst of course I have my own thoughts on all of these situations, it helps to have her voice in my head to debate the tricky stuff.
There are lots of people in life who leave lasting impressions on us for all sorts of reasons, but every so often we encounter someone who has the ability to leave imprints on our hearts and in our heads that never fade. These are the formidable ones, the phenomenal people who inspire us, our heroes and heroines and those we do our best to emulate.
Who has inspired you?