Role Models

Who is your Superhero?

A fictional hero having extraordinary or super human powers. An exceptionally skillful or successful person.

That sounds like pretty big shoes to fill. But really, it’s a metaphor for someone who is or who has become a role model for you. Some people have one role model, and some have many. We look up to these people to learn values and qualities that guide us through our life.

This can be great if they are positive role models. Teaching you the difference between right and wrong, teaching values, and showing you how to do things. This is how we learn. It could be a father, mother, friend, teacher, uncle, aunt, grandparent, etc. Someone who demonstrates confidence and leadership qualities. Someone who is well rounded and admits their mistakes and isn’t afraid to be themselves. They inspire and lift you up.

A negative role model can have devastating consequences. Negative role models typically do things to cause negative outcomes such as abusing drugs or alcohol. They often will steer you towards unproductive behaviours to avoid failure. These can have very negative consequences as one becomes an adult.

 

For myself, my parents are my positive role models.

As a kid, my dad used to take me fishing and hunting often. I learned a lot of things doing that. He taught me how to hunt for food, how to survive in the woods if I ever got lost, how to build a fire, he taught me the value of hard work to get what I want, but also, how to be caring and loving at the same time. My dad is a bit wild and rough around the edges but a very caring compassionate person inside who loves his kids. We still hug every time we see each other. It’s one of the greatest feelings in the world to have a role model like that.

I am very fortunate to have two positive role models in my life. My mother taught me how to handle money, punctuality, compassion for others, responsibility, etc. They both always encouraged me to do better and how to be a caring loving person to the people I care about.

I hope that you have or have had a positive role model in your life as well.

Who is your role model?

This is just a small part of your overall being in this world. Take inventory of your role models. Are they a positive influence on you? Do they inspire you?

Until next time,

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