#30DaysofAutismAcceptance – Day 14

Day 14.  Talk about role models.  Who are your role models?  How have they influenced you?

I don’t really have role models.

I know people usually say God has influenced them, or celebrities have influenced them. But I can’t say I’ve ever been influenced by any of these people.

My biggest influences have been people in my family.

My father is like my anti-role model. He taught me how to not be a Dad. So I try my best every day to be nothing like him. I ain’t a violent sociopath, I see my kids regularly,  so I think I’m doing okay so far.

My grandfather taught me how important it is to stick up for the community you live in. My home town was planned to be demolished, he was one of the people who fought tooth and nail to get the site saved. Guess what? It’s still standing. So when it comes to community work he is the one who has influenced me most.

My step-dad taught me that just because a child isn’t yours, there is no reason you can’t be the dad they need. We didn’t always see eye to eye, but he taught me that anyone can be father, but if you stick around and put the effort in, that makes you a dad.

I’m sorry that my role models aren’t anyone exciting or famous. But these are the people that are most influential to me.

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