Influences: Fantasy can inspire real lifeMikey 6 comments
Long before our parents asked us what we wanted to do with our lives, or before our guidance counsellor tried to pigeon hole us, we all had a fantasy idea of what we wanted to be when we grew up.
I see my little girl at just 4 years old who longs to be a princess when she grows up (she already is in my eyes!). When I was her age all my friends wanted to be astronauts, fireman, cowboys or policeman. All cool and interesting occupations that would actually be achieved.
But for me, and for reasons I can't explain, my idea of cool and interesting was a little more 'out there'. My hero, the person I most wanted to be like, was real fantasy. He wore a blue shirt and could knock a man out with a pinch to the neck. He sported black bangs, played three dimensional chess and lived his life around one simple premise: Logic. His name is Spock.
To me the pointy eared half Human half Vulcan scientist is still the most interesting and complex character in the entire science fiction universe. Among other 'peculiar' traits he chooses diplomacy over confrontation, and always takes the route dictated by logic. I tend to follow these same ideas today except logic doesn't always apply. As much as I appreciate logic I have found since being a parent that decisions coming from the heart occur more often. Spocks' human side would understand but he would never admit it. In any event, growing up I always tried to at least let logic be a starting point with decisions, and I am certain Spock planted that seed.
So where am I going with this? A friend with whom I lost contact a long long time ago went into a law career, and said he was inspired as a child watching by Perry Mason. I want to know if your childhood hero has played a part in where you are today. Perhaps they planted a seed that inspired your career, or maybe influenced you in some other way. You might be surprised when you think hard about it, to see similarities between your heroes' traits and your own.