Why we need role models


“Even though we don’t admit it, every single one of us aspires to be like somebody, whether they live in the world today, within the bard’s lyrics, or on the pages in the library.” –Evan Meekins

There’s a lot of controversy about people having role models. Role models serve as an inspiration and encourage us to look up to our role models and consider them when making choices in our lives. Many people disagree with having a role model as they feel you should be yourself and not imitate somebody else’s life.  I agree with this to a certain extent, yes we shouldn’t wear only the clothes that your role model wears, follow their career, limit yourself from pursuing things that your role model wouldn’t do. Don’t mould yourself to become this person but do let yourself be inspired by them. Let yourself relate to them and embrace their positive choices and reinforcements.

“Find someone who has a life you want and figure out how they got it. Read books, pick your role models wisely. Find out what they did and do it. – Lana Del Rey

There are certain attributes your role model will have that influence you, perhaps they have a strong sense of ambition, positive mindset, they might not care what people think of them or be a very independent person. Normally when looking up to someone we see a characteristic in them that we wish to strengthen within ourselves. That shows the value in having a role model as we are able to see in them what we one day, hope to see in ourselves.

Role models are significant because they shape our thoughts positively, as many of us in a tough situation think to how our role model might react if experiencing our circumstance.

Obviously it is incredibly important who your role model is as it’s imperative they have a positive influence on your life. However you equally shouldn’t expect your role model to be perfect because who is? Their ability to overcome struggles and mistakes is something we should look up to. It’s not the mistakes they make that are important but the way they pick themselves up and deal with the situation that you should learn from.

“I think the best role models for women are people who are fruitfully and confidently themselves, who bring light to the world.” –Meryl Streep

Your inspiration can be anyone, a celebrity, fictional character, your mum, your teacher or even your friends. It doesn’t matter who they are, what matters is what you learn from them.

Many people see celebrity role models negatively as they feel most of them portray a bad image and are an example of making bad choices but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Celebrity role models are crucial because they use their power to change other people’s lives. For example when Angelina Jolie had a double mastectomy, it made remarkable difference on women at risk with breast cancer.  Who then managed to save their own lives as they became aware of the procedure and went through with having it to severely reduce their risk. Similarly Demi Lovato is a strong advocate for young people suffering from mental health problems as she went through a lot of mental health issues, she overcame that and spoke out to young people urging them to seek help if they were suffering.  Or even John Lennon, one of the world’s most influential people as he pursued the importance of peace, love, understanding and changing negative social values. Celebrities manage to make a lot of difference purely by the power of their voice.

These people make a lot of difference to the world and to our lives and that is something that should be celebrated.

Personally I have many different role models for different aspects of my life. I look up to Taylor Swift for her kindness, graciousness, morals and class. Carrie Bradshaw (despite fictional) is my ultimate role model because of her fashion sense and how much she stresses the importance of friendship but mostly because she was a writer and that intensified my passion of writing. I admire Caitlin Moran because of her feminist influence and feminist writing; even my sister is a role model of mine because of her strong sense of ambition and work ethic. I find inspiration in my friends,  family, authors and celebrities. Without these role models I would have no one to look to for guidance or motivation.

Allow yourself to emulate your role models characteristics and let it enhance your life for the better.



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