Being a role model is the most powerful form of education”
Growing up with 3 older brothers, sports have always been a big part of my life, whether it’s playing in them or being a spectator. The other Saturday, I was watching pregame for college football, trying to catch-up on some highlights and immediately my eyes were drawn to the TV as Tim Tebow started his analysis of the game.I’m going to be a that annoying girl right now but oh my gosh, he is so beautiful!! And it’s not just that he is good looking but also his morals and character that make him so attractive.
That got me to thinking, how come people like Tim Tebow; who are fantastic role models and committed to helping others, get a bad rep compared to someone like a flashy athlete with a huge ego, whines when it doesn’t go their way, and makes poor decisions? It’s so weird and frusterating how our society and the media tend to focus soley on drama and trainwrecks instead of paying attention to those who have an upstanding character, put others before themselves, and overcome adversity with determination, courage, and strength.
And is that the kind of role model you want for your child? Someone who gives up when faced with a challenge or blames someone else for their mistakes instead of owning up to it? Or just throws life away when things get tough?
Isn’t that very much like what our society has become too? When things go bad, get difficult, or get a little bit awkward, we throw them away. Food, clothes, phones, computers, or to get a little deeper, careers, relationships, friendships. What happened to forgiveness or trying to repair something instead of just throwing it out and buying a new one?
Sometimes I think instant gratification has made us all weak, causing us to forget what hard work is, and that more than often, we expect things to go a certain way and when they don’t, we throw them away. And as adults, hopefully we can know the difference between something earned and a gift. But what about the kids in this world who don’t know the difference? Kids are innocent and need a strong role model to teach them about life, to stay determined through trials in life, to give back to those around you, and what the value of hard work truly is instead of being given something.
Gale Ann Hurd, a famous director, once said “If you can’t find a good role model, be one.” In a world where there are so many people only concerned for themselves, don’t be a taker. Choose to be a giver. Choose to be a good role model.
“Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.”