I’m sure most of you will remember the TV show “The Wonder Years”. At least the ones of you who are old enough. I really loved that show! I haven’t seen it in ages, but I guess it would be fun to rewatch it. I’d probably identify more with Kevin’s dad than with Kevin this time around, though, haha!
Anyway, there was a particular episode that I can’t remember the details anymore. But I vividly remember this one scene, where Kevin was talking to his brother Wayne. And Wayne says something along the lines of “Wake up, Kevin! Our parent’s are also just regular people!” And Kevin looks at him in shock and bewilderment and says “They’re not! They’re …. mom and dad!” And as I’m watching this, I turned and looked at my own parents and had the same epiphany that, maybe, my own parents could just be regular people too?!
I mean, I still looked up to my parents after that, but there are things that can’t be unseen and thoughts that can’t be unthought. And that thought was the beginning of a process. As I grew older, I started to realize more and more that everybody is just regular people. Well, almost everybody. There are a lot of amazing humans out there who accomplish things that one can only stand in awe of, be it in sports, science, art, business, etc. In a way that process is still ongoing. I do have heroes and role models, but the trick is to take those people as a an example and inspiration and not worship them.
Anyway … It’s already late here. Time to do less looking up and rather look down at my pillow!