When I think about role models and inspirations I’m quick to pick out fictional characters, but of course there is one obvious problem with that - none of them are real. A real life inspiration is so much harder to define, because for me it’s got to be someone who has achieved the impossible against all odds, and always no matter what followed their heart.
Mary Berry, cookery writer and author, most recently known for her role on The Great British Bake Off, has revolutionised baking and home cooking and gone on to inspire a whole new generation of bakers in the making.
Mary Berry is such an incredible and unassuming lady. One I admire greatly, for her pure passion and devotion to her craft. Although I do enjoy baking, I am not going to spring into a professional overnight, but I deeply admire Mary Berry for one thing – her passion.
She shows that hard work does ultimately pay off, and if you are passionate and determined to succeed, ultimately you will. The fact she started out as a writer and carved out her own career in journalism and food writing makes me incredibly inspired. She explored different paths all in her grasp, to forge a 60-year strong career – and even more incredibly so has no plans or desire to retire.
She is someone who doesn’t give up, someone who has had her own personal struggles and terrible tragedy in her life. Which shows what we often have in life, can be so cruelly snatched away without notice. I admire the deep courage and strength she found to carry on.
Sometimes I worry about getting older and how I will ever age gracefully (don’t we all), but I believe if you are a genuinely nice person, then you need never worry. Mary is such a warm, humble, and refined lady – someone success hasn’t spoilt, and someone who has a genuine passion not only for her craft, but for life too.
She is ultimately someone who has inspired me to work hard and follow my dreams.