Big D made a set of motivational images for Crazy Dan to use and it impressed me greatly. It made me think of those people who throughout my life inspired and motivated me to try and be a better person. Here is a very short list. I know that I will omit many but space and time does not permit me to list every individual that have taught me lifes lessons.
My grandmother: Who taught me that the love of your family should be unconditional.
My father: Who, at an early age on a farm and ranch, taught me that pride of a job well done at an honest days work can be it's own reward.
Mrs. Moore, my second grade teacher: Who instilled in me a love of the written word.
Mr. Johnson, my high school science teacher: Who taught me to question the world and to seek out the answers for myself and not just trust blindly in the dogma set by others.
Dr. Jackson, my Freshman political science professor: Who challenged me to always question those whom we set in political power over our lives.
My wife: Who let me know that it is okay to open my heart and let others in. That expressing the things that I feel does not make me weaker but strengthens me.
My children: Who give me a desire to be the kind of a man that they can look up to.
All the people that read my humble words here: Who teach me that sometimes I do have something worth saying. ( One of these days, I might actually do it. )
To these people and all the countless others that have taught me to laugh, to love, to think, to never stop learning, and to never stop attempting to grow into the kind of a man that I can take pride in becoming, I thank you all.