apparently you value her opinion and are very impressed with the way she lives her life, perhaps by example, instead of by advice? It is human nature to want to be more like someone other then who you are, expecially if you are aware enough to notice that this person is kind, is not a follower, but is perfectly comfortable with self along with possessing confidence. I believe that people are brought in are lives as tools or examples to help us change if we so wish...sometimes their prensence in our lives is a lifelong friendship/relationship, and sometimes their presence is fleeting...due to life's future plans for that person?
Not strange at all, perhaps, to your maturing...but, if we take the time to notice...and observe, instead of being intimidated by these blessed souls...then from them we will grown, as you are doing.
Hugs to you