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This sounds like an assignment your instructor wants you to answer from your own perspective, as this is obviously going to vary from person to person.
As I am in my 40s, I can say the most influential person in my life at this moment is me. At this age, your personality has been fully developed for some time, you are financially and socially independent, and you tend to take a more active role in your parents' lives and well being.
When I was younger, my Father certainly played an influential role in who I was and what I believed.
I think it is also very dependent on the current stage in your life. My parents were at one point and there were different people that played that role up until their role changed.
Right now I might argue that it is my young son because caring for him requires such a large amount of my time and energy and he is teaching me a great deal about what is important and what little children are like that I never knew despite being around lots of young kids throughout my life.
And also, talk about your situation
I am the most influential person in my life. I am the one who makes my choices. My decisions are mine. I'm responsible for the consequences of those choices. I cannot control what life throws at me, but I can control my response to it. Ask me who inspires me, and I was say my husband, my children, my mother, my students.
I agree with the poster who stated that the most influential person in your life will vary depending on what phase you are in your life. As a child, I would certainly say my mother was the most influential. I learned how to speak up for myself from watching her. I also learned my self-worth, and learned a lot by watching her in her roles as mother and wife.
Now I am a mother and wife, and my husband and daughter are most influential in my life, as anything going on with them will affect me and vice versa.
The most influential person in my life is my dad. My mom has influenced me too, but my dad has inspired me with his work ethic and caring for others. He has always been a hard worker, and wanted to do the best job possible. I strive for this in my life.
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