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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.

Acting:
Stephen Fry, Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Adrien Brody, Julie Stiles, Natalie Portman, Kathy Bates, Helen Miren, Judy Dench

Ceramics:
Paula Valentim, Lladró artisans

Music:
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

Literature:
(I’m too fearful top down any, but…) Sarah Kay and NAM poets

Work:
Haven team and Mags editors

Cooking:
Gordon Ramsay, Julia Child, all foodie renegades

Travelling:
Anthony Bourdain, Estelle Bingham, Ishai Golan

In particular:
My family and besties

What about you? Who is/are your hero/ine(s)?

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