I could probably fill hundreds of pages on why I admire my parents. How dad’s humour and wisdom make him the perfect dad to talk to, and how mom’s endless love and kindness are more support than I could ever put into words. Today, however, I’d like to shine a light on some guys who probably don’t realise how highly I think of them. So I wanted to put them in the limelight for a change.
Sense of adventure
First of all, there’s my brother. This may come as a bit of a surprise to him because he used to be a total jackass who bullied me for years. Then he became an example of “what not to do” when he struggled through high school and quit college twice (which I have now caught up with and even surpassed – heyo!).
The thing is, as I grow older, I’ve started to realise that there’s more to life than going to school and getting a job. It’s about actually living life, and my brother is really good at that.
I will forever admire his ability to socialise and make everyone like him so effortlessly. It’s something I definitely struggle with. You can see this clearly in everyone who ever meets the both of us, either together or separately. People will always end up liking him best. Which is something that really hurts from time to time, but when I look at the both of us and I see it too. I have the sarcasm, he has the chadisma (that’s a That ’70s Show joke).
Another thing I really admire is his sense of adventure, which has given him tons of incredible experiences I can only dream about. I sort of have to live vicariously through him while he’s off having all the fun. It’s truly an amazing character trait to have – one I think slumbers within me, but is currently being suppressed by a massive sense of anxiety. But the things he’s doing are definitely things I want to do.
Even though things weren’t always easy, he’s got things going for him now and he made something of himself, all on his own. For that, I am truly proud of him. I hope that, one day, I can give him something to be proud of me for, too. And that we can go out and do fun stuff together.
Joie de vivre
There’s another guy I admire to the moon and back – namely a friend of my parents’. People like Wouter are the best kind of people because they are filled to the brim with what can only be described (as cheesy as it sounds) as a joie de vivre. I’ve known him for over two decades and no matter what age, this guy is the walking example of enjoying life.
Wouter finds pleasure and enjoyment everywhere in his life. He’s a dentist, which is quite a serious job. So, naturally, he’ll occasionally blast heavy metal through his office, and has his patients look up at a giant picture of a McDonald’s restaurant while he’s busy torturing their teeth.
He golfs, he cycles, he cooks food like a god, and isn’t afraid to indulge his inner child, which is obvious from the many South Park DVDs and his Mario Kart skills. His laugh is raucous, joyful, and so infectious it lights up the entire room.
This is the way to live life, if you ask me. By finding and creating fun in every single aspect of it. That’s why I look up to Wouter with a massive sense of respect and admiration.
Tell me about someone you admire!