Have you ever had someone in your life that helped you figure out who you were? Someone who showed you the right path? Someone who stayed there right next you even if you did not take that path? Someone who always seemed to be right, but never held it against you when you were wrong? Someone whom without being in your life, you know you would be entirely different. I have. Her name was Linda. Linda was more than my neighbour. She was more than my mentor. She was my girl friend the one person who has influenced me the most. The reason she influenced me more than anyone else was mostly due to her attitude towards life, her unique wisdom and her incredible beauty.
She was one of those people, who were friends with everybody. She was a friend to everyone because she was so special. She was always in a good mood, always had something pleasant to say, and no matter what was going on, she could get you to smile.
Linda was a few years older than me but she made it clear that age was not a problem. Everywhere she was, there would be laughter, smiles and happiness spreading out like some sort of delightful virus. She always listened to whatever anyone had to say. She had the ability to instantly become friends with anyone, even if she just met that person. I cannot remember any time when she had something unpleasant to say about someone. Those were one of the many valuable lessons I learned from her and have made a part of my life.
She also seemed to know everything. Anytime I had a perplexing question I knew she would know what to tell me. Her wisdom spanned almost all subjects; everything from the...