Work, income. Having the money to buy the things I want or need. Well, preferably the things I need. It is amazing how an economic downturn can change the way one lives.
When times are good I am able to get out more, take more photos, upgrade my equipment, purchase book to advance my craft. But when times are like what we have had for the last two years all of the above is greatly curtailed.
My mother was a big part of how I lived when I was younger, but when I became a teenager and leaving home to go to college it's been more my friends. Opening my mind and broadening my horizon's positively and negatively, which ultimately leads back to positive because I'm not building my own code, my own way of living from various experiences. My mother was the basis, the scaffolding, the framework, my friends have become the facade, the decoration and what people remember. Other aspects of life make up other things
I dont know if Im tooting my own horn here, but my parents have definitly shaped the greater part of who I am; not in becoming mini-versions of them, but in becoming me through encouragement and unconditional love. I think of myself as fortunate to have parents like them for how they prepared me intellectually, morally, and spiritually for the world of today (and all without being religious or pushy at all).