There have been plenty of people in my life who have truly impacted me in ways that would take days to explain, but there is one person that has inspired me in every way possible, and that is my uncle Arrien McCoy. I am the first born to my mother so I am the first child, granddaughter, and niece on my maternal side. As I was told plenty of times, as a child my uncle and I were inseparable. My mother used to always tell me that he wasn’t as hands on with a baby until I was born, and even then he would come over to our house just to fall asleep next to my crib and leave for work. As I grew up, he began to take my brother and I to places he went as a kid that changed his perspective on life, and every trip we took had a lesson behind it. We didn’t watch cartoons like other kids when we were with him; we either read book, went outdoors, or watched animal planet or the history channel. Of course to other kids that might seem boring but he saw the bigger picture: what you pour into a child’s mind at a young age will stick with them and possibly determine what they value. When I was around 6 or 7, my parents were going through a divorce, and at the time I didn’t know what that was, I was just told that we were moving to Houston, Texas and our father wasn’t coming with us. Surprisingly the person I was saddest to leave was my uncle, and that was the moment I knew he was my superhero. Two years later he came to Houston to live with us and it was one of the best days of my life. Everyday he challenged us to explore different aspects of ourselves, and to take risks.