I Have a Role Model

Six months ago I had barely heard of Rob Dyrdek.  Then I retired and have watched his shows on television for the first time.  I discovered he is the most inspirational entrepreneur.  He seems caring and concerned, has a charity that builds skate parks for kids.  He decided he wanted to drive a race car.  So he did.  He decided he wanted to train to be a jockey.  He won his race.  It seems he can’t fail.  He’s inspired me to step outside my comfort zone and I’ve gathered info on all the nearby comedy clubs.  My problem is the nearest comedy club is 35 miles away.  I know it’s enough to stop me.

So how does Dyrdek do it?  He doesn’t take No for an answer, for starters.  He talks his staff members into doing some of the most ridiculous things, just for the laughs.  He has his hands in several different businesses and I have trouble imagining him in a suit at a board meeting.  But he apparently knows his stuff.  He inspires me to try harder, to push myself a little more, and get out of my comfort zone.

How can I be so impressed by some guy I’ve never met and only known for a few months from his reality shows?  Did I need a hero in my life right now?  Is “hero” too big a title for a man to carry?  Even a man with the energy and drive of Dyrdek.  Kids involved in Make a Wish want to meet him.  That impresses me.

He’s like a loud Buddhist.  He likes fast cars, loud music, and faster skateboards.  He has a wild circle of friends and seems aware of living in the moment.  He’s having fun in his life and he’s showing me how it can be done…if you have money and a name to back it up.  Still, I am becoming more determined to step out of my routine and shake things up, maybe not Dyrdek style, but in my own unique style.

Do we need heroes and idols and role models?  It seems we do, they hold Jesus up as a role model for Christian kids.  And what do we do to our role models when they digress?  We watch the media rip them apart and defile their very memory.  We burn their records and their books.  We promise to never watch his movies again.

What would’ve happened to Jesus if he had made a mistake along the way?  Say, he stole a mule or a slingshot or something.  He was only 12 and really needed that sling shot, he couldn’t seem to make himself one.  If Christ did something would the people rise against him?  I mean, he was supposedly at least half human, it seems logical he’d get himself into a little trouble.

I’m not putting Dyrdek on the same step with Jesus, I’m just pondering our need for heroes and role models.  And who’s more of a role model than Christ?  We apparently need someone to look up to to grow into a better human being, but we hate it when our role models turn out to be human.  It makes us angry, because we want to be that person or be like that person, and when they show us their human side we despise them for destroying our dream and our excuse to continue living vicariously through them.  Because that would imply that you could also fall from grace.  Something most of us won’t even consider.  Dyrdek among them, it seems.  Never say no, can equate into, failure is not an option.