I was reading an article by Julie J., Why Are Role Models For Girls So Different Than For Boys? and I started thinking about the role models I have had in my life.Â I have to say that at this point in my life, my biggest role model is my mom. But, (sorry, mom, if you read this) as a child and a young adult, I never would have thought of her in that way.
The people I looked up to were bigger than that.Â They were people who had done Something, people who had become Someone.Â Professional athletes who made a difference in the world through their charitable actions like Dale Murphy and Roberto Clemente.Â People who persevered with admirable grace in the face of tragedy like Lou Gehrig.Â I admired people like Laura Ingalls Wilder for her strength and dedication to family.Â I looked up to those who commented on and railed against the wrongs of society and who tried to change things for the better.Â
All of those people have had an influence on me as I grew up, but the one person who I now realize had the biggest influence on the person I have become is my mother. It was her very influence that made those qualities important to me in the first place.Â In reality, she embodies all of those qualities that I looked up to in each of those people.Â Â
My Mom is a strong, creative, generous person, at times selfless, and always learning new things.Â She taught me to be strong through difficult times.Â She taught me to do the right thing by leading my Girl Scout troop and by working to help those less fortunate.Â She taught me to be independent and to strive for the things that I wanted without losing my integrity.Â She is by no means perfect, but I can think of no better role model than her.