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Role Models

Laki Penan (Bruno Manser, aka Laki Penan)

Each and every one of us has at least one role model that we look up to, in fact there are some of us who have more than one. A role model is someone who we look up to in any aspect of life. Someone who we aspire to be like and to learn from. Many of us look up to our parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. But our family members are not the only ones that can be our role models. There are many people around the world, who work in specific communities who become role models for others.  Role models help shape who we are, who we are to become, and set a positive influence in our lives. To say that role models are a big deal in our lives would be an understatement. There is no word that I can think of to describe how much of a big deal it is to have a role model and to even be a role model yourself.

In the previous paragraph, I mentioned that immediate family members can and are usually role models for the younger ones. And this is very much true. In my family, my parents are good role models for my brother and I; they work hard, held down several jobs to have a roof over our heads, food in our stomach, and constant love for my brother and I. They are the type of parents any child would be happy to have. Outside of my immediate family, my aunt Jennie, my best friends and sisters Kala and Schuylar are all major role models in my life. They push me to be a better person and poet. Bruno Manser (aka Laki Penan), Rachel Louise Carson, Franz Weber, and Hilda Murrell are big role models for me in the activist community. All of these wonderful people have taught me to fight for what I believe from an early age. Not only that, they are just overall kind hearted people who try to help others, the environment, and animals. They have shaped me to be the activist that I am now.

I cannot stress it enough, having role models in your life is extremely important. They help you grow, bring positive influence into your life, guide you, and cheer you on when you accomplish milestones in all aspects of your life. Who are your role models? Who do you look up to? What have you learned from them? How have they shaped you? Do you think that you have become th person that you have always wanted to be with the role models that you look up to?

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