Childhood Heroes and what they teach us
Growing up without a dad, I had no immediate male role models to look at. But I did have TV!
Sounds bad, but when I think back on it, I learnt some great things from my small-screen heroes. Like...
Dr. Who taught me to think first before trying to solve something with force. Helps when fixing computers! He also taught me to have a childish sense of wonderment and a sense of humour, even when you're about 900 years old.
Michael Knight taught me that confidence makes you look cool, and attracts the ladies (an important lesson to a 7-year-old!). He also taught me that going against the flow can sometimes get jobs done better (just think of how many times he upset poor old Devon Miles).
Captain James Tiberius Kirk taught me a helluva lot ... I studied that guy like I was going to Starfleet Academy! Key learnings I suppose were the value of waiting and seeing how a situation will pan out, and knowing how to act when the time is right with decisive action.
He also taught me about bluffing. Works well when faced with big ugly aliens.
And the Tracy brothers taught me to keep composed even under the worst pressure. Oh, hang on, that was probably because they're puppets... :)
How about you? Did you get some growing-up lessons from the small screen? Please share!