I started this thread because I am interested to know how many out there had a good role model growing up (or still do) that wasn’t one of their parents. Someone who positively impacted your life, etc. Would you mind sharing what it was about them, their actions, and so forth that helped you directly/indirectly?
I consider both my parents to be good role models, but being that I am the oldest child, I never really had an older brother/sister to look up to, or an older cousin close to my age.
Fortunately, in my early teens I became good friends with the older brother (2.5 years older than me) of one of my friends who really set such a great example that I tried to follow and I feel like his actions and behavior really had a positive influence on me. He was exceptionally smart and a good athlete, but more importantly, he was extremely nice to everyone, had very strong morals and his actions always showed a high level of integrity. He never used bad language, he would always help someone out if they needed it, showed respect to adults/people in a position of authority, and knew when to admit he was wrong, etc. He is Catholic, but interestingly enough wasn’t practicing, but I feel like he exhibited better morals/behavior than all of the people our age that I would see in church each week.
Eventually he went off to college and I didn’t see him all that much, but I continued to emulate the good examples he set and try to go beyond that as well. He and I still keep in touch, but live in different areas of the country now. I never formally told him that he had such a positive impact on me, but he did.
That being said, you never know who is observing you, learning from you, taking your lead, so I feel it is important to always try to set a great example…you could touch a number of lives and not ever know it.