1) Michael Jordan
Michael remains at the top the list because of his ability to break many cultural barriers in his basketball career and as an entrepreur.
2) Serena Williams
Serena is inspiring because she overcame obstacles in a predominantly Caucasian sport. Through her training and mindset, she continued to win 23 Grand Slam titles.
3) Michelle Kwan
9-time US National Champion in figure skating
4) Ruth Bader-Ginsberg
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
I admire RBG for her strength and perseverance in a time when few women were accepted into law school. She advocated for gender equality and women's rights. She is the 2nd female justice to be confirmed by the Supreme Court.
5) Carl Rogers
He was one of the leaders in psychotherapeutic research and founded person-centered therapy.
What qualities do you admire about your role models? How do you portray these characteristics in your daily life?
I'm reflecting upon this hike in Lake Tahoe. What I didn't know was that this hike was 5 miles long and reached 3,000 feet above sea level.
Halfway through the trek, I had eaten all my snacks and drank the remaining of my water. By the time we had reached the top of the peak, I was exhausted, while trying to enjoy the stunning moment.
On the way down, all I could think about was the end of the trail. I knew that this was a special place and thought to myself, "This would be a good time to practice my mindfulness."
All I could do was be present with every step instead of thinking, "When will this be over?" I thought to myself, "This is what this rock feels like. This is what it feels like to be exhausted. This is what it feels like to be dehydrated. Oh, there's that irritation. This is what it's like to be impatient."
Now I know that I need to know how long a hike is and whether I'm interested in going on it. I need to time my snacks and water more wisely. Those are things that are in my control.
Now I know that I'm not necessarily a fan of hikes or those that are longer than an hour. I really just want to see the vista.
When I was in college on the East Coast, I was surrounded by people who knew what they exactly wanted to do in their careers.
I'd always go to the beach during Christmas break, rain or shine. It was (and still is) my place of refuge where I could just be. I didn't have to "accomplish" something.
The beach allowed me to slow down and be okay with not knowing all the answers. I didn't have to present myself in a certain light as someone with everything "together".