What has influenced the course of your life the most and why?

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"Everybody has his own world", they say. It is nonsense. The world stays

the same. It is how you look at it that makes the difference. It is just like

looking through glasses of your ideas, habits and values. Everybody has

such a pair of glasses. They have been created since you were born and,

believe it or not, they were not created by you. It is OTHER PEOPLE who

have made them. No matter if you love those people, hate them or don.t

know them personally. It is enough to come in touch with their ideas.

However, I do not think it is fate that has influenced the course of my

life. I believe it has been my pair of "glasses": my ideas, habits and values.

Because if my values were different, they would give my life a different

course, too. Well, and if it is the pair of "glasses", through which I see

the world, that has influenced the course of my life the most, it is also

the people who have created my "glasses".

As everyone, I have been

influenced by lots of people. And who are the most important of them?

First of all are my parents. They have known and loved me since the

beginning of my existence and they were the first ones to shape my

'glasses' through education. That is why my values are similar to their

values and my 'glasses' similar to their 'glasses', especially my Mum.s.

But there are also differences in our 'glasses' and that is why there can

be friction between us. Sometimes she accepts my ideas, too, although

she thinks something different. But most times she wants me to see

things in the same way as she sees them. That is what I do not like about...