Role Models

Ethan with a camera, Queenstown NZ (photo credit: Christian Espinoza)

When I was 10 years old I wanted to be like Mike.

If you’re like me and grew up in the 90s, you will know I am talking about Michael Jordan (you may be forgiven to think Michael Jackson, but he was so out of reach). It didn’t matter that I was 5ft nothing and couldn’t jump, I looked up to Mike and stayed a loyal fan, despite Space Jam.

A few years ago I heard a story that Chamillionaire met Mike at a party. To be clear, this is Chamillionaire from ‘Ridin’ Dirty’ fame. Right, now he was also a massive Mike fan too, so he approached Mike and respectfully asked him for a picture. Mike turned to him, and to Chamillionaire’s surprise, he said “I don’t take pictures with no n$%%*&r”. That left him crushed, angry, and ultimately disappointed to be so dramatically let down by his role model. By proxy, I no longer see Mike as a role model. To be fair, I also don’t look up to Chamillionaire as a role model neither!

My son has recently been showing an active interest in taking pictures. But not just throw away phone snaps, he’s actually talking to me about framing, leading lines, and we’re able to have engaging conversation on photography. Maybe he has observed me taking photos long enough to take an interest himself, but whatever it is, I feel the need to do as much as I can to encourage him.

Whether you’re a famous athlete, movie star, musician, or simply mum or dad, you should act in good faith, good conscience, and treat others with respect. You never know who could be looking up to you.

Video below is the funniest… it’s the homeboy Chamillionaire describing the Mike story. Peace.

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