Often role models are someone that's gone before and blazed a trail. They're usually older or around your age. Often they are in your field. One of my role models is much younger than me and isn't a writer. I don't even think he knows that he inspires, but he does. Let me tell you about him and you'll see.
Cody is one of my friend's son. When he was a teenager, he came up with what I thought was the craziest answer I'd ever heard to the question what do you want to do when you grow up. It wasn't so much that it was crazy as that it was random. Now I'm going to paraphrase what he said because I can't remember exactly, but it went something like he wanted to be the first black R&B singer to be a success in Japan, singing in Japanese. What?
I thought that was one of those things like when my daughter was 4 or 5 and said she wanted to be a model/comedian/motivational speaker. Kids do it all the time, they take all the things they like and throw them together as a career or goal. As jaded adults we say "that's wonderful" but we're thinking "that'll never happen".
Well, he went off to college to study music and Japanese. Then he went to Japan as an exchange student. Then he moved to Japan. Now he's part of a group called ThreeD. Go check out their website or find them on Facebook. They're both in Japanese, but I wanted to share them because I'm so proud and incredibly inspired.
Watching him go for it motivated me. His goal was out there, like Pluto back when it was still a planet out there, but that hasn't stopped him for aiming for it. My goal was to simply write a book, which is like going to the moon in comparison. It's been done before and it's well within reach, so there was no reason not to go for it right? It's not like I had to learn a foreign language (unless you count English since I usually speak my very own language that I like to call Lenaglish). I didn't have to leave the country. Heck, I didn't even have to leave my home.
My role models are those that reach for their goals, especially the hard to reach ones.