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My Top Role Models of 2017
“What is a role model?” Well, you can answer that question in many ways. You could say it’s someone you look up to, someone who helps you make changes in your life. Or it can be someone you look up to without even realizing it. It’s still there, just in the back of your head. So today I decided to share two of my top role models this year, who inspire me to keep going and be my best person.
Amber Liu is my top role model. No doubt about it. She is a singer/songwriter in Korea. Yes, she writes Kpop. She’s the rapper for the group f(x), and works with S.M. Entertainment. She’s fluent in Korean and English. She wrote a song called Borders. When I first listened to it, I didn’t think much on it. But then I went back and listened to it maybe five more times. I really focused on the lyrics and what it was talking about. This song talks about crossing borders, which means breaking through people’s expectations. It means doing things your way, no matter what people say. It means not worrying about what people will say about you, and this song inspired me to write my own song. It’s not much, but I did it. I did it after hearing her sing, and her song inspired me so much I felt the need to do something I’ve never done. She doesn’t fool around when she needs to be serious, she gets to work. She pushes herself to the brink of breaking under exhaustion, and it’s amazing. I don’t know how she does it, but it makes me want to be as amazing as her someday. I want to be able to inspire people as much as she inspires me. So thank you Amber, even though I know you won’t see this. But I’m not done yet.
My final role model isn’t just one person, it’s a group. The group that writes more Kpop called BTS (Beyond The Scene). I heard BTS for the first time in fourth grade. I only found their music again early this year, and it’s stuck with me. I can’t make myself stop listening, even if I want to. Which, I do not. If I’m sad, or just not having a good day mentally, I can just turn on some BTS and I cheer up almost immediately. Most mornings, I don’t want to wake up. I want to stay in bed, and never leave. See, because my room is like my own little world. It’s my safe place where no one can harm me with words or actions. It’s where I can be myself without anyone judging me. I can alter it to my liking if something’s bothering me. Or I can go there and just forget all the bad things that have happened in my day. I can go there and act like nothing’s wrong and that I had a really good day. But BTS’s music pushes me out of that little world. It makes me want to wake up and go out. It makes me want to try to socialize no matter how much I don’t want to. It makes me create music and art, and try to have a positive outlook when I know there’ll be a bad outcome. It pushes me to work hard, study hard, take care of myself, take care of others, be a good friend, and so much more. Their music makes me who I am, and I am thankful for that. So again, even though I know they won’t see this, thank you for everything you’ve done for me.
Now I want to ask you who your role model is. You don’t have to tell me, just answer the questions for yourself. Think to yourself who that person is, and what they do for you. How do they change your life, for good or bad? What is the impact they have on you? How are you a better person by doing what you’ve learned from this person? I do hope you figure it out, if you’re having trouble. And if not, stick to those role models. They really do help with a lot even if it doesn’t seem like it.
Thank you for reading my article, I really do appreciate it. Have a merry Christmas and a happy new year everyone!