Here it is:
1. Nelson Mandela.
Actually, I wanted to meet him and collaborate with him through a meaningful, socially aware project in South Africa. And then - this is what I had imagined as a young girl - I'd be in contact with him and we'd understand each other so well that I could introduce him and my father to each other, just like my father has introduced me to him (as a person, not in person).
2. Warren Buffet.
Warren Buffet is one of the most wealthiest men alive at this time.
My interest in him, though, has evolved when my father gave me a newspaper article one day, about how this Warren Buffet, as a very young adolescent, did little and simple things to earn a little bit of money. I must have been about 12 or 13 years old at this time I received the article. His entrepreneurial engagement fascinated me as it is something we have in common.
3. Barack Obama.
Once again, similar to Nelson Mandela - although by no means do I believe that Barack Obama could live up to all the things Nelson Mandela has done (this is not meant as an offense, but I don't think that Obama will be imprisoned and then fight against the apartheid) -, Obama is someone very inspirational to me. Like so many other people, my interest in him was fired with his election-campaign. I read his autobiography and, although I belief that they "superherofy" him in it, I was impressed by it.
Besides, he lived in Chicago! How cool is that? I used to go there every now and then when I still lived in america.
At that time I wanted to become an architect (but don't want to anymore because I only liked sketching the floor plans, just don't want to have to calculate the gradient of the ground or anything like that). So I drew a floor plan of the white house - roughly, a bit improvised and imagined - and from that sketch my dream house. Including where all the windows would go and all that.
Anyway, I also thought of his daughter as friendly girls. And because they were roughly the same age as I was, I wrote a letter to them.
- Which I never sent though.
4. Katherine Middleton.
As the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate is a great idol, because of her sense of fashion, her sense of humanity, and her lovely personality. Although I am sure it may be hard at times to keep that image of perfectness upright, she is doing a great job at it. And I don't know, I just find that image very appealing and soothing somehow of having a little, meaningless chatter with her. That means, it would possibly be the most meaningful conversation I have ever led!
5. Dalai Lama.
The Dalai Lama - the current one, that is, being Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dala Lama - is on this list, because my father has become quite passionate about him, the religion and the culture. Not quite as much of a joke as the following person, but not as serious as my top 4 (or top 3 now).
Actually, my father is quite close to meeting him. On a trip to india he was invited to meet one of two personal assistants of the Dalai Lama - unfortunately he himself was traveling at that time.
6. Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II.
She is on this list, mainly because my mother has always joked about me meeting the Queen of England since I am a boarder in the United Kingdom. I believe that she has done many amazing things in her life time, but am not really set on meeting her. That does not mean that if the opportunity arises I would decline! Not at all.
Who are your inspirations and who would you love to meed more than anything?