As children grow up, it is an undisputed fact that the people they surround them shape their lives in some way. Kids look up to those adults or older people as role models of how they should act, and mirror their behaviors, actions, or even mannerisms off of them. That is why it is so vital for parents and role models to do their best because children watch their every move.
When we want to be like people we admire, we may subconsciously develop interests based on what they like.
“I am influenced by my beautiful grandmother who taught me how to bake, and that is where my love of baking comes from,” said Erica Ostling, a sophomore at LRHS. “My father has also impacted who I am as he is a very business-oriented man. He taught me to be similar and that is how I’m going to start my business one day.”
Reflecting Your Family
Personally, I know that my family is often reflected in my personality and values — I love to travel, which has always been a priority for the people who raised me. I want to join the majority of my family members as an educator one day, and there are many more examples.
I used to resist these similarities, but I’ve come to realize as long as I do not let them hinder me from trying new things, there is nothing wrong with following in the footsteps of those who have or had such a large presence in your life.
“For me, it was almost a lack of people that shaped who I am. I was an only child for almost 6 years, and I am a very independent person. I don’t know if that’s the sole reason why I like being alone, but I don’t mind being alone and I actually kind of like it,” said Isabel Weld, a senior at LRHS.
Future Role Models
For any high schooler, especially for seniors about to embark on their next four years, it is important to keep in mind that being influenced by others does not just stop at childhood. Our parents may have told us to choose our friends wisely because we often take on similar traits, and that must be remembered as we take on the challenge of starting over in a new group of people.
“As Jim Rohn has once said, “‘You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.'”
While I do not know how exactly right that is, the logic makes sense. Your relationships have a huge impact on your life so as you continue to find role models in friendships and mentors, you must make sure those people will make you stronger.
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