Here’s a little food for thought from our new positive ageing ‘cookbook’ Ageing is living: Recipes for life.
Positive role models and mentors, the people we admire and strive to emulate, could be thought of as the protein component of our recipe for life. They are a source of strength, inspiration and wisdom that can help make our own reserves and resources go that much further.
You can never have too many role models. Aim to keep building up your ‘stock’ until you have one for every occasion! It doesn’t matter where you find them - family members, kaumātua, friends, community or church leaders, fictional characters, historical figures, writers, thinkers, politicians, athletes, film stars – as long as their attitude to life inspires you.
- Allow yourself to be inspired by others– don’t let envy get in the way.
- Make a list of people you admire and why.
- Be a copycat. Experiment with adopting their behaviours and attitudes.
- Keep adding to your stock of role models. Look outside your own generation and your own time.
- Allow others to be inspired by you. Think of yourself as a positive role model.