I am now at the age where a lot of my friends are beginning to settle down, get married, and before I know it we will all be having children. It’s quite scary how fast life goes, and although many think life quietens down when you hit 50, this is most certainly not the case. LV=Generation are looking for bloggers to write a post about who inspires them the most who is over the age of 50 and I have chosen two special people in my life, my parents.
My parents have been happily married for 29 years now; they have two children (my brother and I) and one grandson, who they absolutely adore. My dad has run his own business for the majority of his working life, he works six days a week, sometimes seven, with little time for himself. Despite this he always finds time for this family. Being in his late fifties, he has actually begun to start doing more in life. He has taken up golf, he is working on the house, he is even going on a fast car experience in a few months! My mum works part time and therefore has a bit more time to herself, she likes to travel and spends most of her time with family.
A few years ago my mum fell ill. After seeing various different Doctors she was diagnosed with depression and severe anxiety and signed off from work. Fortunately I had graduated from University and was therefore living at home and in the process of looking for a job. The job hunt was put on hold and I was therefore able to help care for my mother a lot of the time, as hard as it was. I often woke up to the sound of my mum crying, she was struggling to eat and therefore she lost a lot of weight, had no energy to do anything and was generally scared of life. This hit me hard and thankfully my dad was there, he was the rock in our family.
Without fail, he never missed a Doctors or hospital appointment, despite 90% of appointments being during working hours. He paid to have the best care she could get, taking time out of work to get her medication and coming home whenever we needed him. Although we were the support for my mum, he was also support for me. Now that my mum is almost herself again she has shown her strength in getting through this. Due to some blips with the NHS she didn’t get the CBT that she needed, but she battled through it herself – training her mind to think differently. Now she is back at work, loving love and not letting her anxiety effect her life.
This story shows just one way that my parents have inspired me. My dad, who stays strong when times are hard - being able to keep a business running whilst being there for us 24/7. He has managed to run a successful business for most of his life and I really admire that - I know where I get my entrepreneurial spirit from! My mum, who got through depression and anxiety, that at the time seemed never ending. She did it with very little help and kept on battling through. They continue to inspire me to pursue my own dreams and goals in life and I am really proud to call them my parents.
* This post was written for the LV= Generation Inspiration competition