Men “The woman who changed my life”

Glamour (South Africa) - - Contents -

The game changer “I was a drink­ing, smok­ing, greasy fast food-con­sum­ing sloth. She was a tee­to­talling veg­e­tar­ian gym bunny. Yet some­how it worked. So much so that we even­tu­ally got mar­ried.

“Nowa­days, I still eat the oc­ca­sional take­away and drink beer, but she’s taught me to make health­ier food choices and ex­er­cise more. And I’m still alive, so she’s do­ing some­thing right!” – Matthew, 39

The god­mother “Zim­babwe’s land in­va­sions caused un­told suf­fer­ing to my god­mother, but even in de­press­ing cir­cum­stances, she main­tained her sense of hu­mour and op­ti­mism. Her strength of char­ac­ter helped me to see the way through my own dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions, and taught me to stand tall and stay pos­i­tive no mat­ter what life brings my way.” – Alex, 25

The teacher “I’ve known my wife for 22 years, and al­though over that time we’ve been sep­a­rated by her fam­ily, our mar­riages to other peo­ple and once through my own ac­tions, she’s taught me the most im­por­tant lessons of my life.

“When we were kids, she taught me self-love, show­ing me how to ac­cept my­self for who I was, rather than the way other peo­ple saw me – an out­cast and a loner. Later, she taught me faith, and how to truly be­lieve in the uni­verse’s plan. Fi­nally, she taught me the mean­ing of true love; how it can calm your soul and make the noise in your head dis­ap­pear.” – Ran­dall, 38

The sis­ter “When I was 10, I lost my mother to can­cer, but my older sis­ter im­me­di­ately stepped in to take her place. The loss of our mother changed our re­la­tion­ship from sib­ling ri­valry to ma­tri­ar­chal. As a re­sult, she im­pacted my up­bring­ing sig­nif­i­cantly, and in­flu­ences all ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ships I’ve had to date.

“No woman can ever re­place the un­con­di­tional love my mother gave me, but my sis­ter has showed me that no mat­ter what hap­pens, the sun will al­ways come out to­mor­row.” – Karabo, 33

The in­spirer “One woman who con­tin­ues to inspire me is a friend I’ve had since pri­mary school. As a sin­gle par­ent, she has not only man­aged to feed, clothe and ed­u­cate her two sons, but she’s also raised them to be con­fi­dent, ca­pa­ble, well-rounded young men. The home she has cre­ated is the one I would love to em­u­late for my own sons in the fu­ture.” – Steve, 55

The part­ner “The woman who rocks my world is the one who shares my home and my heart every day. My wife in­spires the change that’s helped me be­come a bet­ter man, and she’s been by my side for 10 years.

“She re­cently con­vinced me to adopt a dog, and I’ve never been hap­pier than I am now with these two in my life.” – Sivu, 38

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