The journal that I am using for this journey asked me to make a “top 10” list of people I admire and who inspire me. I found that getting the list to 10 proved to be too difficult, so I finally stopped at 5.
The first person on this list is John Lennon. Aside from being the man who started the Beatles, he was also fascinating because he was such a well-rounded individual. He overcame the abandonment of his father and the loss of his mother at an early age and still went on to achieve greatness. He was a keen observer of human nature and never took himself too seriously. He made mistakes, and since he was such a public figure, they were all instantly visible to the public. He always overcame those mistakes with charm and grace. He incited intense emotions in people, and eventually, that led to a lunatic ending his life.
Barak Obama is the second person on my list. Obviously, he was the first African-American President. I wonder how he managed to endure all the hatred and abuse that was directed at him solely because of the color of his skin. I don’t think I could have endured the things he went through. All of the things that he did to improve the lives for everyone in this country seem negated because too many people refused to even acknowledge Obama’s position as POTUS.
Greta Garbo makes the list because I admire her for walking away when she had everything. At the top of her profession, she decided that she had done enough and wanted to stop. Very few people would have made the choice, let alone never strayed from that decision for the rest of their lives like Garbo did.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr is an obvious choice of a person who I admire. His message of non-violence and inclusion and social justice resonates with us to this day. Dr. King didn’t choose to lay down his life for what he believed in, someone else took his life because of what Dr. King believed in. Because Dr. King’s journey was cut short, it remains up to all of us to complete the journey for him, together.