Monday, June 4, 2012

Who is your Role Model?


While I was at  the park the other day , I happened to hear the conversation of 3 girls all of 8 years. One said “ I want to become like my Mom” ,the other said, “ No, I don’t want to cook and clean the house, I will become like “Dad” ,the other one said “ no, Kareena Kapoor because  my photo  will come in paper every day and I will have lots of money”. This set me thinking...

In my view , a role model is someone whom I would look up to and emulate, someone who would make a difference, motivate me to achieve my potential.   As Paul D Shafer says “The most important single influence in the life of a person is another person ... who is worthy of emulation.”

To put it differently I can quote  Rachel Carson when she says that  If a child is too keep alive his inborn sense of wonder ... he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.”

As kids, we all took fancy to our teachers or maybe our class leaders as role models, they were infallible! As we grew, it changed to sportsperson, heroes/heroines carried away by the likes of our peers.  As we step into are careers, we perhaps looked up to those who excelled our field, our management gurus, enterprising entrepreneurs, doctors.  But the question is what does it take to be a role model? Should it be a celebrity or someone who has the best job title? Actually, no. Even ordinary people whom we encounter in daily life but  who inspire us, motivate and lead the way can  become role models.

I know of a person who has a great passion ,ability and dedication to write, encourage others to write and guide them, such are  role models.  Role models are selfless,  have great value system, fore sight and the ability to overcome hindrances. To me,  someone who overcomes all obstacles  along their way to their goal, who perseveres , a never-say-die attitude is a role model.

Do we need a role model? Yes, we need a role model, she/he helps us to get where we want go,  they help us recognize the opportunities we have within ourselves, they help us become more responsible and  face challenges.

As we move on in life, we meet many people who tend to influence us but a role model is someone who has extraordinary  influence on us, who has altered you as a person  .But one man's role model need not be another’s.  The role model for a spiritual aspirant is different from one who wishes to excel in cricket or one who wants to be a successful politician. A role model is one after whom we shape our efforts to attain our goal. Even for persons with same or similar aims, the role models can differ depending on what they look for.

 All said a role model is essential for every individual who wishes to make  a mark to stay focused on the goal. He is like a lighthouse for ships in the high seas to reach safely the harbour-the harbour for individuals is their goal in life

“Lives of great men all remind us we can make our lives sublime; and, departing, leave behind us, footprints on the sands of time” – HW Longfellow.


15 comments:

  1. There can be many role models for us in life, many people may inspire us for different things...

    Like when I go to this retired friend of mine, I get inspired to work more and keep my house spotless clean as she inspite of being old does all that and in a very smiling way..

    baba Amte inspired me to live a life of austerity and to give others not charity but respect and a way of life...

    there are many others in the list, and teachers are always a crush:)

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    1. Yes, we dont have just one role model many and teachers always top the list.

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  2. As Renu puts there can be different role models each for different aspect of our aims in life.As we evolve in our career or life,our goals too change with newer persons to inspire us.But as you have said correctly rolemodels like light houses guide us in the sea of life without floundering.
    A thoughtful post.Please write more of such

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    1. Thanks. I believe they do lead the way.

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  3. Been long here, Krupaa. Nice insightful post. Role models- when we were children, we had many. Right now, with the kind of media exposure the kids get these days, i find it irritating when my daughter wants to emulate actresses:(

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    1. Thanks, It is been some time too since u posted too. Yes following actor/actresses puts me off too.

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  4. good post ya...role models...they kepe changing for me haha

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    1. Thanks. Same here too based on the role.

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  5. so true isn't it .. we all started idolizing our teachers they truly were infallible

    and the second girl saying 'i don't want to cook and clean' hehehe sounded like me :DD

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    1. As kids we idolized teachers but with today's kids it is different scenario completely!

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  6. I have had numerous role models. Each for different spheres and each have taught their bit. Each has taught me how and what to do and also what not to do.
    Very nice write up Krupa, write on... :)

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  7. That was beautifully written. You described very well how and who a role model is and should be. :) Brought out the various facets of the topic in an intriguing and thought provoking way. Nice article.

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  8. I like this post. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Blessings to you and your family.

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