This month is National Inspirational Role Model Month. A role model is someone who you look up to. It’s someone who inspires you to do something or generally be a better person.
This month, celebrate and thank the people who are your role models. Share with them what they do to inspire you.
I’ve been inspired by many individuals throughout my life. However, there are five people who consistently continue to inspire me. It’s a mix of celebrities/influencers and friends.
I’ve been inspired by Demi for years. Anyone who knows about her would know why. She’s a singer and mental health advocate. After her first visit to rehab, she decided to be open and honest with the world about her struggles. She continues to inspire me every day by being unapologetically herself. I can’t wait to see what she does in the future, but I’m also glad that she’s resting and taking her time, which is another thing I look up to her for.
Kati is a mental health therapist and YouTuber. She has hundreds of mental health-related videos on her channel. Her videos are my number one source of education. Her videos are very easy to understand and I love her personality in them. She posts on social media almost every day, reminding her followers about self-care, sharing tips and tricks she’s learned, and telling us about her day. Not only that, but she also has a Patreon and does special live chats for those who support her on there. In those chats, she answers our questions, jokes with us, and just chats with us. She has personally gotten me through some rough situations. In addition to her, there’s the whole “kinion” community (what she calls her followers) that’s filled with love and support.
Molly is a YouTuber that is blind. She is amazing. She inspires me, not because she’s blind, but because of her outlook on and attitude toward life. We’re also very similar in many ways. We’re the same age, we’re both 4’ 10”, we both love sparkles and shiny things, we both love to dye our hair purple, and we’re both extremely independent despite our disabilities. But, most importantly, we both advocate for a lot of the same things.
Morgan is a good friend of mine who lives in Toronto. She’s a dance instructor for people with disabilities. She inspired me to start doing stand-up comedy by having me perform for one of her variety shows. She’s very good with me and her students, because she knows what our needs and struggles are, and she helps us through the them. She helped me build up the courage to do that first show, and I went on to do more, with her advice and words of encouragement in the back of my mind.
Last on the list, but definitely not least, is my best friend Carly. We met in September 2013 and became best friends almost instantly. She’s inspired me in many ways. She inspired me to go into journalism. Once I saw her write for the school paper, I realized that I could do it as a way to inspire others. We’ve been through similar things, and she’s a couple of years older than me, so I really look to her for advice and inspiration. She’s also the editor of my published book and the book I’m working on, and we make a great team. Whether it’s about writing or life in general, I’m constantly learning from her.
Who’s your role models and why? Leave a comment below.