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24 April 2009 @ 11:25 am
Who's someone you admire? Why?
I'm feeling: chipperchipper
Renata Piperlyonesse on April 24th, 2009 03:35 pm (UTC)
rita levi-montalcini, for being brilliant and ultimately indomitable.

or if you mean personally-known, drglam for same :)
funner'n a sack a weaselsmoominmolly on April 24th, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
ceelove, for consistently, mindfully, and joyfully inhabiting all the bits of her life more than anyone else I've ever known.
veek on April 24th, 2009 03:57 pm (UTC)
ceelove. She grows and thinks and thinks and grows, and she does things she wants to be doing, even if they require a lot of effort or are scary.
Concreteconcrete on April 24th, 2009 04:03 pm (UTC)
I was asked this when I was 9. For some unfathomable reason I answered:

"Lenin. Because he was a good chess player."

veek on April 24th, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC)
Two days ago was his birthday. I found it strange that, lo after these many years, I still automatically remembered that.
Elizabeth Hunterlillibet on April 24th, 2009 05:10 pm (UTC)
Today I am particularly admiring dietrich and all the contributors to the excellence of The Winter's Tale. I saw it with lights and music for the first time last night and all the elements just came together beautifully to make a great production. As a director myself, I know how many balls one has to juggle to make something like that happen and wow, what an amazing job.

I am also full of admiration for my mom--she took what could have been a really bad fall today, especially for someone who's 83, and was just so strong and resilient. Watching her lying there, it flashed through my mind how much we all depend on her and how amazing she is to still be such a vibrant, lively person putting so much warmth and energy into the world.
kimcobkimcob on April 24th, 2009 07:10 pm (UTC)
I have these two friends I admire, they are both very bold and oddly shy at times.

One decided to take her life in a completely different direction some years ago by stopping life "here" and going to Guatemala. This is a move I find brave, adventurous, scary and eye opening. In general this friend from afar challenges me and lots of people around her to find the best self within and be that person by the way she continually questions herself.

I have another friend who tries to make the world a better place by running a ministry for the homeless, does diversity trainings and builds community in her wake. This friend has the ability to call me on my stuff and still be my friend no matter what I do with that info.

Both of these women do not have children of their own but are wonderful with kids, mine especially. Not sure if I stayed entirely on topic but...I tried:)
lazyz: ecuadorlazyz on April 24th, 2009 09:53 pm (UTC)
I admire the Chouinards, who have the Patagonia clothing company. They could have made the pursuit of personal wealth their priority but choose to use their powers to help the imperiled natural world. I wish more big earners would be so altruistic, don't you?
David Policardpolicar on April 24th, 2009 10:26 pm (UTC)
It's hard to choose. Right now, I'll go with your housemate miss_chance. For a lot of reasons, but the thing I was thinking about was the way she brings her creative experiences into the core of her daily life.
Chancemiss_chance on February 5th, 2010 04:00 am (UTC)
Hey. So I just discovered LJ's "search" function does pertty well as an ego-surfing tool. I put in "miss_chance" and it found me this reply which I might otherwise never have seen.

thanks. this is really sweet and nice to read. (most of a year later, but hey, it's still really nice!) :) :)
David Policardpolicar on February 5th, 2010 12:54 pm (UTC)
phoenixamber_phoenix on April 24th, 2009 10:58 pm (UTC)
My aunt k. who has spent the last three and a half decades or so living that sustainable delicious crazy difficult homesteader life that many of us now aspire to.
Doug Orleansdougo on April 24th, 2009 11:06 pm (UTC)
I admire you, for providing a steady stream of conversation-starters. :)
ceelove on April 25th, 2009 12:52 am (UTC)
Ani DiFranco. Stephen Sondheim.

My Thai massage teacher, Yaron Gal Carmel.

My ex-boyfriend Mike's mother, who welcomed me with such love, even while accurately perceiving that I was going to stomp all over her son's heart.

Every single parent I see making compassionate, creative choices for their kids' wellbeing.

The Romp family, who biked from Vermont to Virginia to Homer, Alaska on a homemade four-person bike.

Um, this could get long...
barodarbarodar on April 25th, 2009 11:02 pm (UTC)
Yay Thai Massage! I've been meaning to get hold of you and see if you wanted to do a massage trade sometime. I learned Thai down in Florida, and would love to see how you practice it.

ceelove on April 25th, 2009 11:14 pm (UTC)
I know, I've been meaning to ask you! Do you have my email?
barodarbarodar on April 25th, 2009 11:17 pm (UTC)
I don't...what's a good one for you?
Stephghislaine on April 25th, 2009 02:27 am (UTC)
My maternal grandmother.

She became a paraplegic at 23, married twice afterward, gave birth to a child at 36, was the CFO (modern day term, she was probably called the "company accountant" then) of a largish company in Northwest Arkansas, drove a car, learned to fly a plane, traveled to Israel, and lived in a time in this world when NOTHING was designed to be accessible by someone in a wheelchair.
B.K. DeLongbkdelong on April 26th, 2009 04:04 am (UTC)
entrope for putting up with all the crap she does from the world and still being an amazing friend, parent of two great kids, and can make a first in-person meeting mean so much to someone so unsure of his place in the universe right now.

My son for being incredibly perceptive and trying so hard to understand, comprehend, and work with the intuition and empathy he's got at his age....without knowing what it is or why it makes him feel the way it does.

Several of my peers in the professional community I work in who are far more intelligent, well-off, and successful business-wise, have shown me that as long as I am loyal, treat them well and work hard to do things that will benefit the both of us (as well as understand what they do without claiming to know more than I actually do)....that they will continue to publicly praise me, make sure the people who presently pay me know how well I'm doing, have already offered me jobs and consulting opportunities and personally referred to me as friends. Who knew being a Hufflepuff worked so well in business?

catling for introducing me to many local parents in the area with similar interests that would allow me to retain some of the same ties I already have - when it became clear my priorities needed to change; even as her own life seems to be a rollercoaster of chaos and confusion.