In class on Monday I heard an athlete say "when I grow up I want to be like Hayley." I have alternately heard Hayley refer to Molly Volmer as her role model/girl crush. Now, these comments were all made half - but these two touch on something I want to talk about today - a question you probably haven't thought about during your adult life: Who is your role model? Have an answer? You should!
Most people stop having role models the moment they figure out they won't actually become an astronaut. And for most, their grown up lives don't resemble anything near what their childhood selves could have imagined. Boo - reality check. But even as adults, role models play a big part in our growth.
As you look to make a change in your life, it is important to be able to visualize what that change will look like. Want to be a firebreather? Or perhaps you just want to be a healthier, happier person? Maybe there is someone in your life, or someone you know of, who has or is close to where you want to be. Let them empower and inspire you. Role models raise the bar for the rest of us and can motivate you to push beyond your ordinary boundaries and accomplish great things. And as you grow and change, you develop new goals, find new role models, and the cycle continues. In the meantime you might be surprised to find that you have become someone's role model.
So I'll ask you again - who is your role model?