By: Danielle Spitz, Guest Blogger
According to the dictionary a role model is “someone worthy of imitation.” I agree and disagree. I agree because I think role models should be worthy of imitation. But I disagree because I don’t believe that you have to aspire to be exactly like your role model.
To me, a role model is someone who demonstrates certain traits and actions that you respect, and which you compare yourself to in order to see if you want, or need, to change.
In my opinion, a role model can be found in two different figures. One, a well-known or famous figure who you admire. Or two, family members and friends who you respect.
When I look for role models that are famous or well-known, I look for a man or woman who inspires me and stands up for what they believe in. I don’t try to be exactly like them because I am my own person, but I definitely look at their traits and characteristics to see if I should learn from them to better myself.
The people I am surrounded by daily are all role models to me. This includes my mom, my dad, my sister, my brother, and my closest friends. Of course you cannot choose your family, but you can choose your friends, and I choose to make friends with people who make me a better person and who I can learn the most from.
I believe that if you surround yourself with people you do not respect, just to gain popularity or attract attention, you can never better yourself. Obviously I don’t agree with everything my friends do or say, but overall they are all really good people, and when I’m around them I can feel myself becoming a better person.
My role models have shaped the person I am today and play a big role in my life. I can look to them for inspiration, go to them for help, and use what I respect most in them to make myself a better person.
Danielle Spitz is a fashion obsessed 14-year-old student. Her hobbies include reading, writing, running track, and of course, shopping!
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