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01 May 2014 @ 01:27 pm
admiration qotd  
Tell me about someone you admire!
I'm feeling: chipperchipper
funner'n a sack a weaselsmoominmolly on May 1st, 2014 06:18 pm (UTC)
I admire niqui, a friend in Chicago who recently decided, "You know what? fuck it. The stars are never going to align; I'm moving to the Netherlands anyway. No I don't have a job there yet, yes I'll be broke, but if not now, when?"

So she's just doing it. POOF.
John Louisgrail76 on May 1st, 2014 06:39 pm (UTC)
John F. Kennedy -- facing down the generals who only knew how to deal with Cuba with force so that we didn't end up in a shooting war with another nuclear power. It came very close.
Stephghislaine on May 1st, 2014 07:26 pm (UTC)
My (now deceased) grandmother. She became a paraplegic at 23yo (in the 1930s), learned to walk with crutches and braces, remarried twice afterward, had my mother when she was 36yo, traveled the world despite the utter lack of accessibility, and learned how to fly a small airplane using hand controls in case her pilot husband ever became incapacitated mid-flight. And she grew the most beautiful purple iris.
ceelove on May 1st, 2014 09:20 pm (UTC)
My father. I have never heard him complain, about anything. He suffered a judo injury in his 20s that left him with a bum knee, but loves running so much that he continued to run on it, including marathons, with a knee brace and a daily regimen of sodium naproxen, until he completely shorted it out and had it replaced. He was told he would never run again, which was pretty laughable in the face of the half-marathons and carrying of the Olympic torch he's done since. He joined me and M on our 2001 bike trip for three days of a scorching heat wave in Kansas. His touring bike turned out to be less resilient on the jagged pavement than mine & M's, and it threw him. I heard his helmet crack open on the pavement behind me. He had a concussion and vivid contusions for six weeks. He never once complained.
dreams_of_wings: pearldreams_of_wings on May 2nd, 2014 12:07 am (UTC)
I admire lots of people, but my mother is definitely high on the list. She has endured so much pain so many times in her life and though she's undoubtedly been marked (and sometimes damaged) by those events she has always come through them as a person who fights hard to be her best self as often as possible.
Elizabeth Hunterlillibet on May 2nd, 2014 11:55 am (UTC)
I often cite Grandma Moses who had worked on farms her whole life, raised children, buried her husband and seen her beloved embroidery become too difficult due to arthritis before turning to painting at the age of 76. After that she enjoyed a career of almost 30 years as an internationally renowned folk artist, with her work selling to collectors and museums. She met the president and one of her pieces hangs in the White House. There was a stamp in her honor.

From this I learn not only that it is never too late, but that we never know what deeply important aspects of our life we will need to give up in order to find our way forward.
phoenixamber_phoenix on May 2nd, 2014 01:56 pm (UTC)
So many people! The one who first came to mind yesterday, when I read this post, is eestiplika who, despite whatever else is happening, consistently seeks to balance her actions with her values, every damn time.
harimad on May 4th, 2014 02:32 am (UTC)
The late John Chafee. Never lost his humbleness or humanity, even when surrounded by influences to the contrary: not as Secretary of the Navy, not as U.S. Senator. He took facts and reason seriously. As Secretary of the Navy, he scandalously elevated a relatively junior admiral as Navy Chief, because Adm. Zumwalt was really that good. Pissed off a lot of senior admirals but history proved him right. Had the same outlook as a U.S. Senator and was sufficiently well supported by his home state - even though he was a Republican and Rhode Island firmly Democratic - that he could do so in the Senate and still get re-elected. Confided to some that he didn't like taking the special Senator-only elevator because there wasn't anything particularly special about Senators. Made sure his summer interns (the lowest of the low on Capital Hill) were paid and treated well. I miss him still.

The late Sen. Howell Heflin. I disagreed with most of his politics but he was an honest man of principle who stuck to them. He voted against Jeff Sessions for the Federal Bench because he, a former state Supreme Court justice, considered Sessions unqualified (so did a substantial minority of the American Bar Assocation). What makes this extraordinary? Sessions was from Heflin's state of Alabama. Heflin, predictably, nearly lost his seat over that vote.
metaphortunate sonmetaphortunate on May 4th, 2014 03:56 am (UTC)