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The perceptions of people closest to someone such as family friends teachers and co-workers have a great influence on who a person is or will become Beliefs actions and words from those who a person is around daily somehow manage to become a part of who he or she is Most of the time people do not even consciously think about the effects that the people they surround themselves have on them but statistics have proven it to be true I have been blessed to have many friends and family members help shape me along the course of my life One specific persons perceptions about love and life itself have truly helped mold me into who I am today My adopted fathers views on love and parenting have made such a difference in the way I see things and in the understanding of what kind of person I am and want to be Author Jodi Picoult once wrote Being a parent is not just about bearing a child Its about bearing witness to its life Mark my adopted father entered my life when he could see that I needed him most Until my mother met Mark when I was five I had never had a father-figure to look up to When my mother finally introduced me to Mark I was immediately thrilled to have a father Mark saw that I had never had the chance to experience daddy-daughter dates or have that superman to come to my rescue when I had a bad day As soon as the man who helped create me learned that he had a child on the way he ran He apparently was not ready to be a father and had more important priorities in his life I had holes in my life and although my mother tried her hardest she simply could not fill them all herself Mark knew that he would be able to help her by staying
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