All my role model are gone! What's going to happen to the world?

@dloveli (4368)
United States
August 28, 2009 6:45am CST
If you don't know by now I live in Massachusetts. Wednesday Senator Ted Kennedy passed. To most of the the residents the Kennedy's are like royalty. Not to mention that they are normal, everyday people who treat everyone with respect. When I was growing up the Kennedy family was and has always been a big deal. Now that we have lost the last of the Kennedy brothers, who's going to take over? I realize that everyone has drama but the younger generation doesn't seem to have the great presence that John, Bobby, and Ted had. Not only that but Michael Jackson has recently passed. Someone else that was an Idol of sorts when I was growing up. There were so many great people to admire when I was growing up both politically, professionally, and also personally. My grandfather had passed when I was 15. Some of my favorite aunts and uncles. Friends have passed. Teacher's and mentors too. All my role models are gone. Who do I look up to now? Everyone admires someone. I feel sad. Its as if I have to go on alone. Even though I have never personally met Mr Kennedy, I loved the fact that he and his family were real. His sister Eunice, who died two weeks ago, created special Olympics. Mr Kennedy helped create programs for low income. He literally was known to call people on the phone personally. TO me that's a sign of realness. Now the senate seat is left open. Who will fill it? Will they try to follow the senators path? I doubt it. Personally, my grandmother has been the matriarch since the death of my grandfather.She now has alzheimer's. She isn't well at all. It seems that ever since my grandmother has succumbed to her illness our family has fallen apart. Everyone is at odds. I hope that doesnt happen to the world now that all the people that were role models are no longer. Do you think the next generation is ready to take over? If so, do you think things will stay the same? Who has been a role model throughout your life? Are they still alive? What do you think the world will be like without them?
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@picjim (3003)
• India
28 Aug 09
I accept that you are feeling a deep sense of loss because all the people you admired and were your role models have either passed away or are in bad health.The world will find it difficult to replace such people with high values.But we can draw strength from the sayings of Jesus Christ which give solace at such moments.Why not immerse yourself in some activity which is meaningful to you.Tough times throw up tough people and i feel someone will come in to fill the vacuum created by great people as life cannot go downhill forever.Be brave think of the almighty and these difficult days shall pass.
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@AmbiePam (51157)
• United States
28 Aug 09
I really admired only Robert Kennedy, Eunice, Caroline, and her too soon to be taken brother, John. Ted Kennedy, while having done a lot of social work...well, I can't get past the fact that he got away with a horrendous crime, and of course his last name had a lot to do with it. I don't doubt he felt bad about it afterward. But...Nonetheless, it only brought me sadness when I heard of his passing. It really did.
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@AmbiePam (51157)
• United States
28 Aug 09
Would it help to know you are setting an example for someone else to admire? That you are being the kind of person whom one could grow up to pattern themselves into? Because I imagine you are doing that very thing, even if you don't realize it.
@enola1692 (3325)
• United States
28 Aug 09
Thats how I felt when Princess Diana passed an right after that the same week Mother Teresa passed I am from Lawrence Mass so I think being from Mass thier is a special love for the Kennedy's I know I admired them also I heard that the younger Kennedy's are about to make thier mark so keep your eyes open an it would be something if Caroline Kennedy followed in her father footsteps I know how you feel an it hurts when someone you love an admire passes an there seems to be alot of it latly
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@kb5000 (110)
• United States
28 Aug 09
i also have multiple role models in my life. your family or a professional politicians are hard role models because of the corruption in politics.
@Bluepatch (2480)
• Trinidad And Tobago
28 Aug 09
They call them role models these days but I know them as exceptional people who have made an exceptional contribution to the society they live in. There are not just a few of these and I have known many who have left this life and passed on. You do miss them but they are always replaced by others who make equal or even better contributions to society. We remember them with love and we honour their memory by trying to emulate them.
@prinzcy (5036)
• Malaysia
28 Aug 09
I did read about Senator Ted Kennedy passed away. For me, my role model will remain my role model, even when they're no longer around. It's what they teach me while they're alive is what I will hold on to (directly or indirectly). The world might no longer be the same without them but I have to move on and be stronger.
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
28 Aug 09
my Dad and John Wayne were they are both gone but I do watch all of John Wayne movies when I can. I have very few people left well really no one left to mentor with .