The Mother Hen Blog A Day Challenge: Someone I Admire and Why

Ten years ago I could have filled this blog post with names.
I've had so many heroes and so many people put on pedestals over the years but lately I've grown tired of blindly worshipping others.

Don't get me wrong, if you show me a photo of Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, I will make all the heart eyes but when it comes to having real-life heroes, I've gone off it somewhat.

However, as I was kindly reminded by a friend, one lady who I will forever hold in the highest of regards is Jane Austen.

My feeble attempts at Austen-esque language aside, I bloody love Jane Austen. She has been my favourite author since I first read Pride and Prejudice when I was sixteen.

Apart from the fact that she created some of my all-time favourite fictional female-led stories, Jane Austen was just so fantastic in her own right. Choosing not to marry and writing novels, which was considered a solely male profession, she challenged the societal conformities of her time and that shone through in her writing.

A slightly unconventional choice but like I said I am slightly fatigued with the idea of having heroes. In the last few years, I've come to the uncomfortable and inevitable realisation that the people I held up on a pedestal were flawed and disappointingly human just like me. That sounds a little harsh I know but I placed so much value in others when I couldn't find it in myself, so it was jarring to realise that those I aspired to be like, weren't all that inspirational.

There is a positive though, I've found that value that I was lacking within myself. I know my value, I know my worth and that's worth more than all my past heroes put together.

Let me know who you admire! Please definitely let me know if you share my love of Jane Austen!!

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