Inspirational Stories: Who’s your Catalyst?

So I thought we’d start this week off with a discussion: Is there someone who inspired you and has drastically changed your life? It’d be super easy to say your mother or father, but to make you think a bit harder we’ll say that it can’t be a family member. I was a little stumped when I first came up with this question, but then I realized who, or more precisely what, it was: the US gymnastics team of the 1996 Summer Olympics.

1996 Summer Olypics Logo
1996 Summer Olympics Logo

That might seem a bit odd, but let me explain how they so drastically changed my life. When I watched them that summer I was enchanted with their strong yet flexible, quick yet smooth movements and I decided that I wanted to do that. It wasn’t until a few years later that I got my chance. My Mom wanted to pull me out of school and home school me. I resisted until my mother informed me that if I was home schooled then I would have time for gymnastics. I was sold. That began my gymnastics career,which lasted for 7 years and lead to being a competitive Trampolinist, working at a circus school, and taking dance classes. The dance classes eventually lead me to spending more time with the man who is now my husband.

So there you have it; watching the Summer Olympics back in 1996 changed my life in such a way that I fell in love with my husband. It’s amazing how little things can bring about big changes.

How about you? Who inspired a major change in your life? Was there something that, looking back, you can tell made a significant difference in your life?…or am I the only one?

2 thoughts on “Inspirational Stories: Who’s your Catalyst?

  • January 24, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Watching “The Brady Bunch” inspired me. I was one of two kids in my family and I yearned for a big family. The Brady family seemed to have so much fun and I wanted that. Now I have 10 kids and my sister has 11 and we have a great time living right next to each other in rural CO (we grew up in southern CA in a city).

    • January 24, 2011 at 5:01 pm

      When I was younger my cousins and I would imagine how cool it would be if we all lived along the same street. Unfortunately we are spread all over the place now. That’s fun you get to live so close to your sister. Sounds like quite the party with all those kids.

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