Someone to emulate and imitate is a must. Finding a role model to inspire you is different than admiring a single attribute or athletic ability of an individual. A role model is someone who not only shows extreme talent and results in their personal career but someone you can relate to.
By mimicking actions of your role models, you can see yourself achieving the same if not greater results. To me, getting to know someone in “real life,” be it through reading about them and situations they’ve been in, watching them in live action or being lucky enough to participate with these people in daily life, is important. But equally as important is feeling like they’re human. Seeing my role models deal with greatness and defeat is what makes them human, and how they deal with it makes them a good role model.
Hearing the relief in Rebecca’s voice when she stated she had been inspired at Boekelo inspired me to dig a bit deeper into the root of our less-than-desirable recent performances on the world stage. There are a 1,000 answers and individual things that can be changed, challenged, tested, promoted, disregarded and overanalyzed concerning this topic.
I welcome and encourage all of these trains of thought, but I believe all of the details will fall into place if we keep seeking inspiration. If we continue to challenge ourselves to new experiences with an open mind, surround ourselves with positive, strong role models in our “teams,” share our experiences openly and take time to reflect and look inward, I think our country will become an inspiration again.
I think we’re on the right track, and I look forward to becoming part of the change.