It is a natural thing in life for us to have role-models in and for our lives. They are people for us to aspire to be like, whether it be through virtues, morals, life goals, or simply how we look and dress. Celebrities and athletes tend to make a vast majority of our modern-day role-models-- wealth, fame, and beauty are things a lot of people, not just Americas, aspire to achieve. Additionally, these are people that have "made it" in their lives; they've achieved that American Dream of living luxuriously, without any of the petty worries that people who live paycheck to paycheck have to deal with. Some have done wonderful things in their lives, or have endured terrible hardships. Even businessmen have achieved this celebrity status as well, and they've become (some have been) role-models thanks to this exposure. Celebrities aren't the only ones out there serving to be role-models however. There are living and past political figures, military and nation state leaders, poets and philosophers, educators, even people in our personal lives. For whatever your reasons, you have looked up to them, and aspired to be just a little bit something like them. So I ask you this: Who is your role-model? What have they done, what do they embody? What is it about them that you aspire to? Why? My role-model is in the picture above: Steve Rogers a.k.a. Captain America. A comic book character created during World War II and revived during the 60's, he's an individual I aspire to be like. He is virtuous; he does the right thing, no matter how difficult it is. He is compassionate. He strives for truth and dignity, and he always stands up for his ideals. He doesn't allow evil to flourish, rather he fights it at every turn, even if it isn't his fight to have. He stands up for the 'little man', and he stands down the man who is wrong, no matter how strong or powerful they are. He is an ideal in and of himself. I want to be like that. I want to be able to be steadfast in my beliefs and principles, I want to be a virtuous man. I want to be able to hold strong in the face of adversity, and stand up for what is right, not just what I believe in, but what is right. If I can just be a fraction like Cap, I think I would be a much better person, and live a much more fulfilling life.