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Wednesday, January 23, 2008


Who are your heroes? That is, who do you look up to/learn from/emulate/etc?

This may be a generalization, though I will be careful to word it so that it's not all encompassing: A good number of young boys look up to athletes and (this is my guess) a similarly good number of young girls look up to movie stars... but it's interesting to see how one's heroes change as one grows up. And I've been thinking that maybe the kids who don't have typical heroes go on to live atypical lives (that's opening up a big can of worms!)

I'll offer my own feelings as an example:

In this rough order, and as well as I can remember, I looked up to athletes such as Michael Jordan. Then I looked up to successful people like Bill Gates. Then I got into my "I want to go to law school" phase and started looking up to lawyers like Alan Dershowitz (it helps that he came to speak at Galloway one year). Then I decided, for much of my college years, that I didn't really look up to anyone before finally I realized how lucky I am and started looking up to my parents.

So how do you differ? Is your timeline of heroes vastly different? And could who we look up to impact our current successes? I'd venture it at least impacts our current desires, if not being a good reflection of these desires...


Ben said...

While it is pretty cheesy, I'd have to agree. Starting sometime around the beginning of college I began seeing my parents as people to look up to in most respects. I guess it's once you start seeing them as actual people, and not as "mom" and "dad", that all the things they did changes from "their job as a parent" to a huge amount of work!

Becca said...

Strangely, I can't remember who I used to look up to when I was younger! Probably teachers or grown-ups who were always nice to me...

Sometime in high school I started to choose my heroes based on how they treated the people around them, regardless of who that was. In college, I added on to that idea & now I admire people who are content, that is, people who truly enjoy each day & live gratifying, balanced lives. These are people that I want to be like when I grow up! My parents are among them, as well as several of my friends from over the years.

And OK, I'll admit it, there's a movie star or two in there, too! Some of them seem really down to earth...emphasis on "seem"! ;-)