We all have mentors and role models in our lives. We see character traits in people that we admire and strive to emulate them. When we are young, we tend to look up to older siblings or teenagers in the spotlight. As we get older, our goals shift a little.
When I think back about who has influenced me over the years many people come to mind. One person in particular is my Great Grandmother. She was an amazing, classy and beautiful woman. I still think about the many values that she instilled in me. She will forever be part of who I am. There are also people that I’ve had less intimate relationships with but who have had great impact on my direction in life. Such as my high school English teacher, Mrs. Brown. She will never know how much her encouragement affected me. Of course, I wouldn’t have had the guts to be who I am today and make the tough decisions that I’ve made the last couple years without the support of my best friend, Cindy. She is so confident in who she is. That trait showed me that it was ok to be me.
I think by now everybody knows Betty White. I remember her from the Mary Tyler Moore show and Golden Girls. She played the neighborhood nymphomaniac. When I think back to that era, it amazes me that she had the balls to play that role with such gusto. Her expert use of the double entendre had audiences blushing and laughing uncontrollably. And as she says, not everybody “got it” but those that didn’t, no harm done. I ask myself the question, why is she still such a hot commodity today? The 89 year old woman who hosted Saturday Night Live and did a skit talking about her “hot, juicy muffins” isn’t afraid to live life. It’s her ability to just be herself. She says she wants to taste every moment. I love that!
Betty White embraces change and loves trying new things. Her ability to live in the moment at any given time keeps her young and energetic. I wish we could all have her positive attitude and outlook on life. She’s such an iconic symbol. She fits in anywhere she lands.
I sincerely hope that when I reach that age that I’m still open minded to change and enjoying whatever life brings my way. She’s LIVING her life not waiting around for it to happen to her. She claims that she says “yes” to most everything that comes her way. What a great outlook. I wanna be like Betty! I might not ever get the chance to talk about my hot, juicy muffins on national TV but if I do, I want to be brave enough to pull it off with no regrets. Betty, you’re my hero!