There have been many people who’ve supported and guided me in my life to whom I am immensely grateful to. However, there is one person who remains the biggest inspiration and had the greatest impact, and that was my mother. She was incredibly wise and self- aware. Quite a feat, considering she left school at 14 with little education and lost her own mother at the premature age of 15. She had incredible self- worth and was someone who believed in and valued education as this was something she had far too little of due the education system in Ireland at the time. My mother always loved to dance and she had saved up from her menial job in a factory for dancing lessons. She became a good dancer and joined a tour company and toured Ireland and the UK. It was a dream come true, but it was one that was short lived. She had an accident at work after this tour which prevented her from doing what she loved and that was to dance.
After this set back, she left her life in Dublin and moved to London in 1970’s where she became I single mother which wasn’t a piece of cake. This difficult time working in menial jobs with 2 young children and no opportunities taught her the value of education and this she instilled into myself and my brother. Education, she said, was the way out of poverty.
I too lost my amazing wise mother in my twenties and I miss having her in my life. Her life story and experience is what has shaped me and helped me to be who I am today. Her legacy to me was that anything is possible, if you have a good role model, the resilience to succeed and determination to use education to improve your situation in life. My own journey from humble beginnings to Career and Life Coach is testament to this!
Who has been your inspiration in your life and how does this influence show up in your life today?