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Hello everyone I was thinking the other day… well reminiscing about when I was growing up. And I started to think about the people who influenced me, and who I looked up too, and who I wanted to be like. Some of my role models have changed of course now and some I am still aspiring to be like. I should have found it curious that just about all of my role models were female but never did. Not all of my role models were real as I grew up in the TV generation, and the Greatest American Hero song is still stuck in my head (pssst, he was not one of my role models bet just a catchy toon). I did not know that any famous transgender people or gay for that matter so I never really looked up to them, guess my dads homophobia set the tone for the family. I always like the strong Bond girls like Octopussy and the kick but ones like Bambi and Thumper and of course the smart sexy ones that twisted Bond around their fingers. But some of my top fictional role models are Delilah from Samson and Delilah, Galadriel from Lord of the Rings, Cleopatra from the old version of the movie, and my favorite Anne Shirley of Green Gables, all glamorized by the movies of course. Anne holds a special place in my heart as she was everything I wanted to be the others just had strong traits I liked.
And although she was a mess I really liked Marylin Monroe, she made Hollywood actresses real for me. For real life I have my Mom and my aunt Boots. My Mom for obvious reasons as she raised me and was my very own. And my aunt Boots, well she was not actually an aunt she was a non-related friend of my Mom’s Mom. Her husband had died early in their marriage and she had no kids, so she pretty much adopted my Mom and her sister as her own. So I was her grandkid by default. She was a world traveler as she lived off her husband’s life insurance for just about her whole life, she brought the coolest little gifts from cultures all over the world and gave them too us when we were little at Christmas time. She was smart and witty, had the coolest adventure stories as she had put foot her on every continent and at least 1/2 the countries. She lived till 104 when she passed, and just the memory of her puts a smile to my face.
Now I try and think back as to the guys/men I wanted to be like, and you know what I can not think of any. I had my martial arts instructors and movie gods like Bruce Lee but I never looked up to them as a role model to be like. You would think other little boys wanted to be like Batman and GIGO, or Luke Skywalker, or Neal Armstrong, or a school teacher, or even their fathers. I just never did. How strange of a kid was I, no wonder I was shy and had only a few friends and even they weren’t close.
So how about you all? Care to stroll down memory lane and share who were your role models?
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