Who is/are your hero/ine(s)?
I’ve always dreaded this question should I be asked. Worse if it were to be an exam question: Write a 1,000 word essay to describe your hero/ine(s)”.
Now though, I have mitigated the intimidation knowing that hero for me is not fictional superheroes, but real mortals, and for this reason they couldn’t be perfect.
My hero/ine(s), therefore, cannot and need not be perfect. They are perfect as role models in their own realms.
So to answer my own question, I have this list of hero/ines who are each in their own role models of some extradinary things.
Stephen Fry, Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Adrien Brody, Julie Stiles, Natalie Portman, Kathy Bates, Helen Miren, Judy Dench
Paula Valentim, Lladró artisans
Itzhak Perlman, Martha Argerich, Rafał Blechacz, Jacqueline Du Pré, Katherine Jenkins, Hayley Westenra, Josh Groban, Joe Hisaishi, Ennio Morricone, Jason Mraz, Missy Higgins, La Oreja de Van Gogh
(I’m too fearful top down any, but…) Sarah Kay and NAM poets
Haven team and Mags editors
Gordon Ramsay, Julia Child, all foodie renegades
Anthony Bourdain, Estelle Bingham, Ishai Golan
My family and besties
What about you? Who is/are your hero/ine(s)?