I believe that having supportive parents that encouraged my love of creating poems and art was a major influence most of my adolescence.
The travels on vacations where I got to meet people of various mind frames was also an important aspect to forming my concepts.
As a young adult after college, I started building 4 businesses in four different states as my journeys carried me forth. That helped me form concepts on various aspects of Life.
I became an ordained minister and helping others helped form my ideas of what Life meant.
So all in all traveling and meeting people living the American middle class Life has brought me far and formed who I am today as a poet.
But, first and formost I do know that my walk as a Christian is the most important element in being who I am!