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Keenan Williams 1

Keenan Williams

Instructor Hughes

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My Greatest Influence

In life you have many people who influence you. Some are good influences and some are bad influences. The person who influenced my life most would have to be my grandfather. My grandfather sacrificed a lot in his lifetime to make his children's lives better. I adore my grandfather he is a strong confident man and loves his family. I have become the person I am today because of him.

My grandfather was raised in Corsicana Texas. When he turned 18 he graduated high school and moved to Los Angeles California. When he moved out to California the U.S Army started a draft for the Vietnam War and Koran War. He tells me when it's Veterans Day he's not proud of being a veteran because he didn't want to be in the army. After he served in the army he came back to Texas and lived here in Fort Worth where he met my grandmother and they had 4 children.

My grandfather has taught me to respect people no matter what. He is a very special person in my life and always will be, not just because he is my papa but because he is a strong person in my eyes.

My papa has always told me no matter what happens to you in life pick yourself up and keep going never give up. He says what don't hurt you makes you stronger. I believe there are no excuses in life to make you just give up and be lazy. You are what you make of your life. You can be who or whatever you want to be all you have to do is work hard toward your ambitions. I remember him telling me this...