Day 3 of 100 Days of Blogging, the 5 People I Spend the Most Time with, and How They’ve Affected Me

Hello, and good day to all of you reading. Today’s card comes from the Love and Relationship category and says “List the 5 people you spend the most time with. How have they affected your behaviors, thoughts, and life?” Given that at the time I’m writing this we’re all under quarantine I’ve only really spent time with two people, but I’ll include some other people that I spent time with before we weren’t able to be with anyone.

Person number one is my Mom, and since when I’m writing this it’s currently National Nurses Day that seems appropriate. My Mom has been a big influence on me throughout my life. She’s modeled a great Christian Faith and is probably one of the biggest reasons that I am a Christian and that I’m still in the faith. (There’s some further discussion about a person that helped me keep my faith, but you can find that at https://nicksdomain.wordpress.com/2019/05/04/my-own-search-for-sunday-or-what-rachel-held-evans-work-meant-to-me/ ) She’s also demonstrated for me what a good romantic relationship should look like with her marriage to my Dad and without her I’m not sure where I would look for relationship goals.

The second person is my Dad. My Dad has been one of the biggest influences on me in my life. He’s been a big influence on how to be a man, a husband, a father, and actually, once I get my bar license and start practicing I’m planning on using my full name since my middle name is his first name. He’s been instrumental in me being the person I am today and he is one of the best men I’ve ever known.

Person number three is my brother. I’ve mentioned him before in passing, but the biggest way that he’s affecting my life is the fact that because of him I had the push to find a church that fits my theological and political beliefs much more closely. I mentioned in the post I linked above that because of our previous church’s beliefs that it wasn’t a good place for us, and my younger brother was the part of the impetus that led both of us to find our new home in the Episcopal Church.

The fourth person I’m going to talk about is my Gram. Her and I have spent so many hours together watching movies, television, and trading book recommendations that she has probably been the biggest contributor to the list of movies and television shows that I’ve watched. She’s also been one of the biggest contributors to my Christian faith as she’s been with me pretty much every step of the way, from my time as an Adventist, to Evangelicalism, and finally she was supportive of me when I went to the Episcopal Church while she was at her own church near her house.

This might be a cop out, but the fifth person is going to be a group of people because almost more than anyone in my family, I have spent a lot of time with my graduating class at Law School. While we are graduating in the middle of a pandemic with a rescheduled, remotely proctored bar exam, we’re still resilient enough to get through it. These people have been with me for the past four years, most of them, and their impact on me cannot be understated. They’ve all challenged me, pushed me, pulled me, and we’ve all been the better for it. Without my classmates I don’t think I would have finished law school as ready as I am for the bar exam.

So there we go five (technically four plus a group) people that I spend the most time with and how they have affected me.

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