Lately I’ve been thinking about who my heroes are, and why they inspire me. They have all worked to make our world a better place. Some are leaders, and some accomplish noteworthy feats alone. Most are brilliant thinkers. Diversely people of faith, politics, science and the arts, and in no particular order, my list includes:
Mother Teresa – Nobel prize winner, humanitarian leader and candidate for sainthood.
Martin Luther King Jr – Brilliant, charismatic leader and Nobel Prize winner for his work in the civil rights movement.
Susan B Anthony – Early suffragette; was instrumental in establishing the 19th amendment.
Sally Ride – Now a physics professor, Dr. Ride was the first American woman astronaut in space.
Paul Allen – One of the founders of Microsoft, he has retired, started up a number of enterprises including venture capital funding and a charitable foundation, owns two pro sports teams and has dated a pro tennis player.
John Muir – Early preservationist and environmentalist; founded the Sierra club.
Ann Lamott – Insightful author and writing teacher who overcame alcoholism and drug addiction to write about her liberal faith, politics, motherhood and hope.
Elizabeth Dole – Influential political leader and senator for North Carolina; displayed immense integrity as a presidential candidate’s wife and a potential vice-presidential candidate.
Leonardo Da Vinci – 15th century artist, engineer, scientist, mathematician, inventor and writer. Some call him the genesis of the term “renaissance man”.
Lynne Cox – Noted distance swimmer who uses her hazardous cross-border swims, e.g. Alaska to Russia, to draw attention to global peace.
They have made the world a better place, and I am grateful.