After mentioning both my mother and father, I thought I'd dedicate a post to the other person who has been most influential to me: my husband (he gets today because it's the 7th anniversary of the day he proposed)
Take your turn to listen. Nobody likes being interrupted (and if you interrupt, they won't really listen to you anyway, plus they'll think you're rude).
Take a compliment. If you can't say "thanks" then be quiet, but don't say "oh no really..."
Be spontaneous sometimes, or, at the very least, be ok with not planning every second of the entire vacation.
Don't feel guilty about doing things for yourself sometimes.
Lived-in skin and post-baby bodies are beautiful.
There is no such thing as a 'wasted vote' so long as you voted for who/what you really believed in.
The "two party system" will never be broken (and therefore not much will happen) unless we start voting for third parties. Parties have exactly as much power as we give to them.
Dream big. There's no point in dreaming if you're going to limit yourself to 'realistic' things.
Reality is only limited by how little you are willing to dream; if you dream about it long enough and want it badly enough, you will find a way to make it happen.