This list is of the people who I aspire to be, particularly the traits they have that I really admire.
1. My dad – well, my dad is just all around a great guy. He grew up on a coffee farm, where he and his family had to work hard to get him through school. He taught me things like how to build a shelf and how to change my oil. He’s a pastor and a coach and a professor and a husband and a dad. I just really love him and respect him a lot.
2. Ichiro – work ethic. Ichiro is getting pretty old now, so he’s not that much of a superstar. But I’ve been a fan of his since he was playing for the Orix Blue Wave in Japan, and I was so excited when he moved to Seattle not long after my family moved to the States. He was scary on both offense and defense, which were the result of his meticulous hard work and preparation.
3. Roger Federer – brilliant genius. I do also like Nadal and Djoko, but Fed is undeniably the King. His tennis embodies elegance, precision, and sophistication that led him to 17 Grand Slam titles. His forehand and backhand are slingshots, and his prowess at the net perfectly complements his powerful and pinpoint-accurate serves. His versatility isn’t limited to the court, either; he can speak perfect English, German, and French.
4. Fay Jones – pure kindness. He produced world-class architecture despite keeping a very low profile. Everyone who knew him always talked about what a genuine person he was, and you can see this very same spirit come through in his work. Actually, I really want to get married at Cooper Chapel, which I personally like even more than the famous Thorncrown Chapel.
5. Bruno Mars – raw talent. I think this really came through during the Super Bowl Halftime performance, which usually brings in a more time-tested artists to cater to the older audiences. Despite his relative newcomer status compared to past performers, many people who didn’t really know much about him were really impressed by his showmanship and voice. Also, he’s Filipino!
That’s it! What about you guys? Who are your heroes, and why?