According to my observations, when people are being asked about persons they admire, they usually name famous figures. Though it is understandable that people choose respected people in a given society or discipline, we tend to forget about the fact that outstanding people worth admiring are everywhere around us.To break out of the trend of laying laurels on celebrities, I would like to talk about my best friend, whom I admire.
His name is David, and he comes from a family of Georgian refugees who escaped the country when a civil war broke out there in 1991. He was a small child back then, but he says he can remember tanks driving through the main streets of his hometown. For a couple of years, David’s family resided in Eastern Europe, and then managed to move across the Atlantic Ocean and settle in the United States, in New York, where I met him while studying in high school.
Perhaps his most protuberant quality is his erudition, formed by his passion for studying. I do not know any other person—at least among people I am surrounded with—who has such a diverse knowledge in varying fields. David would be reading literature on history, physics, political science, economy, and cultural studies just because he was interested in it, not because it was an assignment given to him by his university professors. A couple of years ago, he became extremely interested in Arabian culture, and this interest resulted in deep research in this field. He studied the history of the Middle East from Sumer and Babylon and to the modern days, and in my opinion, he now can be considered a specialist in this subject. At present, he works with Middle East diplomatic delegations, participates in conferences, and I am sure this is work he enjoys.
David has a natural inclination for studying foreign languages. I do not know how he studied English; he speaks it fluently and almost without an accent. Besides Georgian and English, David also speaks Arabic, Spanish, Russian, and Hebrew. His language skills allow David to make friends and maintain a correspondence with numerous people around the world—they are extremely valuable to his work. It was his goal to become a polyglot, and he reached it by his own efforts: all the foreign languages he knows, he has studied himself. This speaks in favor of such qualities as discipline, persistence, and a sense of purpose.
David is a person who can be called selfless. Though I do not know whether it is for good or bad for him, David will consistently try to help his friends, relatives, and acquaintances (and often even unfamiliar people), even if it ruins his own plans. Combined with David’s sense of responsibility, this makes him a reliable person who can be counted on. However, this trait of his is so prominent that many unscrupulous individuals—be it colleagues or relatives—use David’s capabilities for their own goals, addressing him for help much more often than it is proper and using his inability to refuse requests.
My best friend David is not a publicly-recognized person. He is not a celebrity, he has not made significant scientific discoveries, written a book, or influenced the life of a country. If you see him in the streets, you will probably never guess that you see a man of great intelligence, willpower, and dignity, and will simply pass him by. But if you knew David as well as I do, you would admire his personality as well. We are no longer students, and our lives now intersect more rarely than we would both want. But I think this is a friendship that will never grow dim.
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When asked whom I most admire in this world, I do not need to look at large political figures, or athletes, nor anyone else society sets so high above the rest of us. For me, the person I admire most is much closer to home. All of us have individuals whom we think of as greatly influential, and inspirational and in my opinion, my father is a shining example of both.
hold my Father dear to my heart, and demand the praise of most admired.
There is nothing spectacular at his appearance though. He is a middle-aged, tall and well-built man. He has a tanned complexion, with some wrinkles here and there, the only ones that make it more difficult for him to defy his age. He has two of the warmest and gentle brown eyes that I have ever seen and which, as the saying goes, are “the mirror of the soul”. He has thin lips, which can sometimes be cracked, as a sign of the level of stress he experiences everyday at work.
However, behind his physical appearance he is a very admirable and alluring person. At first, he may seem as a cold and blunt person, as he doesn’t open up or show his true feelings to everyone. Still, on better acquaintance, after someone gets to know the true depths of his thoughts and character, he turns out to be a deeply-caring, warm-hearted and intelligent person. The thing I mostly appreciate at him is his strength that seems to be unbreakable during hard times and also that he is extremely determined to accomplish anything he sets his mind on. I even hold great esteem for how he stands up for what he believes in, and will never back down, no matter the hardships he has to face.
My father is a man who has some strong beliefs and from whom I have learnt many things of a high importance. For instance, he believes that the people around you are the people you choose and that’s why he insisted on teaching me how to select my circle of friends, who to trust and how to be a trustworthy...