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Role Model Material

Would you consider yourself a role model that someone should look up to? Looking at my life I know that I have some areas that can be a good example, but others that are still a work in progress. The thing about being a role model though is that we don’t always know when are being watched and who’s being influenced by our actions.

At times we get so wrapped up in our lives that we don’t realize that our actions have an effect on the people around us. Some of us may have siblings, children, or young people around us and without realizing it they watch and pick up on our habits. So like that Jim Carrey movie The Truman Show, all our success and mistakes are on display.

Growing up my of my good friends was always getting into trouble and getting grounded for doing crazy things out of peer pressure and curiosity. She would sneak out, go to crazy parties, and hang with a lot of suspicious characters. After high school she stopped all of this, but her little sister picked up on a lot of her tactics and did everything she did. Now her little sister is getting into trouble, skipping school, and partying a lot because she learned it from watching my friend.

In a way we all are or will be role models to someone, and they learn from both our triumphs and mistakes. While it’s great to learn both sides, we have to be aware of the lessons they provide. Regardless if we think we’re influencing others or not, people see us along with our actions are reactions. So be mindful of the role you play and model you’re setting for those looking on.

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6 Responses to “Role Model Material”

  1. On April 28, 2011 at 7:16 pm Kristin Brænne responded with... #


    • On April 29, 2011 at 2:05 am jenndiva responded with... #

      Thank you for stopping by and for the five stars. I really appreciate it and I’m glad that you enjoyed it.

  2. On April 28, 2011 at 11:57 pm Tuesdai responded with... #

    So true. I’ve found it’s usually the people who are siting in the background, that are the ones watching you closely. I don’t claim to be a role model, if someone is inspired or encouraged or even laughing at something I’ve said that made their day…I think I’ve served a good purpose for that moment. Being a Role Model is a big responsibility….and still trying to be a “role model’ to myself if that makes sense…it working pretty cool, ha.

    • On May 3, 2011 at 3:43 pm jenndiva responded with... #

      I love what you said about being a role model for ourselves. That’s a good point that I didn’t get a chance to touch on. We do have to set a standard for ourselves sometimes and direct our own path so that we can better ourselves.

      I personally don’t know if I’m a role model to anyone. I have younger siblings and cousins so I carry myself as if I’m a role model and that they are watching. I wouldn’t want something they see me doing to affect them negatively.

      Thank you for the comment and stopping by. I truly appreciate it.

  3. On June 25, 2012 at 11:20 am C. Hayes responded with... #

    This is true…but…I personally don’t think I’m a good role model. I’ve been told I am and I’m also reprimanded when I make a mistake because of it. I think it’s too much pressure. The biggest thing younger girls can learn from me is to make your own mistakes and live your own life and know that at the end of the day, the only soul you have to answer to is God.


    • On June 28, 2012 at 11:14 am jenndiva responded with... #

      I will admit that being a role model and doing the right thing all the time is a lot of pressure. As the oldest child and oldest grandchild I didn’t realize how much people look up to me and watch what I do. Once I understood that it really make me think about what I do.

      I agree with what you said about what young girls need to know. It’s something that they should definitely be aware of and have people in their lives to guide them in that direction.

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