Ever since I was young, I’ve looked up to my older brothers. If they weren’t in the house, I know I would be a totally different person. I looked up to my parents too, but there’s something special and unique about the bond between siblings. My oldest brother Jonathan was always the ‘genius’ of the family - the firstborn child of an Indian household is a big deal. Whatever he liked, I liked. It wasn’t even intentional usually- it just turned out that way. From the games we played, to the television shows we watched, his likes became mine and we developed similar interests. In fact, if not for my oldest brother I probably wouldn’t have gone to the same high school or joined the track team – two very big influences that have shaped who I’ve become.
My other brother David has also been a big influence on me, but in a much less direct way. When we were young, he was much more tactful about getting what he wanted – he was able to see the big picture as opposed to the immediate situation. He didn’t exactly teach me his ways, but he showed me the importance of tact. Also, I know I never would have mastered (or at least gotten a handle on) my temper if not for him – where I was brash, he was cool-headed. And he was also much more observant about things. He was the type to have eyes in the back of his head, and I like to think he couldn’t help but instill some of this awareness in me. Part of this was also that he was more socially mindful, and so, if not for him I cringe at the thought of what I might have become – the content of my character might have remained the same but it wouldn’t be presented very tidily.
Not everyone may need a role model, but having someone in your life that you can look up to is certainly beneficial in the long run. Role models have the potential to be a powerful influence - one that can even shape the course of a life. Already it’s been true for me and I’m thankful for it.