My Idols

Random Observation/Comment #403: Being inspired must release some type of adrenaline for my brain to be productive because, man, some people are awesome.

see lemons with his idols

Who do you look up to? Why do you look up to this person? Is it their status/recognition in their industry? Or do you just think he/she is an awesome person that you can always learn from?

Someone asked me “Who is your idol?”, and it took me some time to come up with my short list. As always, I’ve broken it down to explain why these people of past and present make my list as my idols.

  • Anthony Bourdain. He inspires me to travel the world and see it all with a different eye. There are places he’s gone that I probably won’t go, but I see through his words that culture and communities are what make us happy. It’s a sense of exploration to my own sense of being. (Plus, he’s a great foodie).
  • Neil DeGrasse Tyson. He’s a genius that always makes me think of the stars and beyond. There is so much to learn from this guy and his passion for wonderment is the reason why even though we’re all insignificant specks and blips of time and space, we should put meaning into what little glimpse we have in this beautiful universe.
  • Destin from Smarter Every Day. In a world of Talkers, he’s a Thinker and a Doer. He’s just an ordinary guy (with an engineering degree) learning more about everything and sharing it with the world. From him, I learned that everything around me is amazing – most people just don’t pay attention to it.
  • Stephen Colbert. He’s no politician, but I’d sure vote for him. I love how he stays in character and gives the ironic commentary and satire about what’s wrong with our world today. From him and his show, I learned to lighten up and laugh at things that are ridiculous. Social norms be damned, there are some crazy things out there.
  • Bruce Lee. Not only was he the master of martial arts, but he was also a philosopher of self-discipline, respect, and knowing thyself completely.  After reading his books, I believe more in my self-worth and I’ve learned to be patient with obtaining goals.
  • Mom and Dad. This is not just for my Mom and Dad, but for all parents out there who immigrated to the US and believed in their children and the dream. They sacrificed everything and worked for that greater purpose of family. If our generation had the work ethic and humble expectations for careers as the older generation, we may actually get things done without thinking it’s something deserved.  To my parents – Thank You. I love you both for always teaching me to dream big and try my best. You’ve given me character, which is the most I could ask for.
  • Angus. You didn’t see this one coming, did ya? My brother, although very much polar from me, was and still is my idol. I did everything he did while growing up – even became an engineer because of him. His life is just as filled with hobbies and I love how they all intersect around cars. I think he stays true to his roots and upholds his beliefs in family and the second amendment.

After coming up with this list, I decided to write something to each of my living idols so they know how they’ve each inspired me. Maybe they’ll sign something for me?

To Readers: Who are your idols?

~See Lemons Idolize