The online dictionary meaning of Influences is worded as:

‘the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behaviour of someone or something, or the effect itself’.

For anybody out there who knows me, for a long time now, being outdoors for me, brings a great release to my life. It brings a release from work life, home life and sometimes I have to say, family life. It can bring a lot of things to the forefront of my brain and gives me time to think about what needs improving with life.

My love of the outdoors was originally influenced by my mom and dad back in the days when having a bike ride in the parks was cool and fun. When it was safe for children to be outside on their bikes until dinner time. Ahh that was the 90’s for you aye.  Gone are the good old days.

So glad I wasn’t bought up this day and age where phones and iPads rule people’s lives, and we’ve all got a bad neck from looking down at screens all the time. Don’t get me wrong, I have one of each, but I only really use them to catch up on programmes when I’ve missed them and to text/call people. I wish I didn’t have to use them, but people would call me crazy for not having them.

And people already see me as crazy, because, well I’m that sort of person.

The way I see it these days, technology is slowly ruining people’s lives. It doesn’t make life any easier, as it can never replace the empathy and life experience of a good conversation from an actual person. We’re probably all going to end up like cyborgs anyway. Hope I won’t live that long to see this happen.

Family influences have definitely defied who I am today. Through the struggles and trauma of the past, I have grown to be who I am through strength and determination, that my parents have drilled into me through my 28 years.

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