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The Person Who Inspires Me

by Victoria Lopez Robles

Everyone has or has had a person that inspires them to take every decision in their life, a person for whom they feel admiration and respect. I am not an exception! My father was the person who had the most influence in my life, from when I was 5 years old until today, even though he passed away when I was 12 years old.

He was very dedicated to his family. My most precious memories are of my childhood when the whole family lived close to each other, and I could share with my uncles, aunts, cousins, and grandparents every day. My father always taught my siblings and me that the most important thing was family and always being there for them.

My father was the type of person who always had something to learn from whatever situation he faced in his life. I admired his ability to learn and develop new things throughout my life. For instance, he couldn’t finish high school, so his job opportunities were very limited; however, he learned to build houses and hotels by taking different construction courses. For me, he was the best architect because he knew about math, physics, designs, construction
materials, etc.

Every day I remember his advice and lessons and they encourage me to make the best decisions in my life. “Never stop learning,” is one of his pieces of advice that I apply in my life. I try to learn new things every day and perfect what I learn because I know that one day I will be able to take advantage of it.

faded photograph shows a dark-haired man with a mustache, wearing denim, crouched in the dusty foreground near a traffic cone, a gasoline pump in the background