Many people I know idolise certain football players, musicians and even very famous celebrities. However, the person I idolise is someone much closer to home, my uncle.
I look up to and admire him because he has been through so much in his life and is now a better,stronger human being.
I have always been close to my uncle but as i have got older and began to understand everything he has endured my respect and admiration grew.
At just 4 years old, uncle Taylor's dad was killed in a car accident and his mum had to take on two jobs just to support him and his sister. Despite being very young himself he was left to care for his baby sister and had to take on the general running of the house. He cleaned,ironed and cooked for all three of them every single day. As they didn't have much money my uncle was often bullied and beat up for not wearing the 'right clothes' or having the latest toys.
My uncle literally had only one real friend, his older cousin Robert. Robert put a stop to the bullying and helped out with the housework. The two of them were as close as friends/ cousins could be. Unfortunately Robert started to experiment with drugs and at 19 years old he hanged himself at a local bridge. My uncle was totally devastated and completely wracked with guilt,he always felt he should have been able to stop Robert from taking his own life. He felt he'd let him down and blamed himself for not being there on the day of the suicide.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, this was when my uncle started drinking. He tells me its such an easy trap to fall into and always to be careful with alcohol," Just as addictive as drugs" he says. Thats also why he's my inspiration,unlike most other adults, he talks about his mistakes in life and gives me advice without ever being patronising.
At age 19 my uncle fell in love with a girl called Tina. They were really happy together and despite Tina only being 17 they married just months after meeting They were...