5. A book, movie, poem, any kind of media that had a profound impact on the way you view the world.
For as long as I can remember, my goal was independence. I looked for the 'how' everywhere. And mostly I saw women needed men to live. So, no surprise, my 'profound impacts' came from places where I could see examples of women doing things on their own.
I was really profoundly influenced by Nancy Drew. I devoured every single one of her books. I’d wait impatiently for the new one to come out. She was the early and really the only, for a while, example of what I wanted. Independence and respect for my brain.
But, also… and this is a little embarrassing but the movie Where The Boys Are - which, by the way, is credited with starting the whole ‘go to florida for spring break thing’. I was just the right age when it came out - 12. And while I have not seen it in 60 years, I can still remember scenes and lines from it. There was a lot of boy and boyfriend plot there but, those girls - not that much older than me - went on vacation on their own. They made mistakes but they were their own mistakes. Again, independence.