So in a seminar I attended years ago, I remember reading some cheesy packet or brochure or whatever it was about finding “role models in your life”. I…

So in a seminar I attended years ago, I remember reading some cheesy packet or brochure or whatever it was about finding “role models in your life”. I thought at the time that it was the stupidest thing I’ve ever read, mainly because it talked about “adults you know who could make a difference in your life and others”. Well yeah, sure, they can make a difference but that difference isn’t always good.

 

I’m a little less cynical now than I was when I was 13, and I did eventually find some role models of my own, but not the role models I expected to look up to. They’re people my age; my friends and acquaintances who I’ve really only known for a few years.

 

I’m trying very hard not to make this sappy, but they have made a difference in my life. While no one’s perfect, my friends have actually made an impact on everything from what I like to how I see life in general. Some of my friends, even despite what they’ve gone through, continue to see life optimistically and help others as much as they can. Some have started foundations to benefit others, others have invested a lot of time into service for the community.

 

They’ll probably read this one day and just glare at me because they don’t understand what I’m talking about, but people don’t often realize their good qualities.

 

– Allyson

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