who is your hero / inspiration?

Travel Forums Off Topic who is your hero / inspiration?

  • 1
  • 2
Last Post
11. Posted by JennyCook (Full Member 95 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Without a shadow of a doubt it is my Mum.

She was always popular and friendly with most people and a fantastic mum, always supporting all of us kids (me, an older brother and a younger sister) in whatever we wanted to do, and yet reprimanding us when needed.

She was diagnosed with Cancer and was told that whilst they could treat it, it would get the better of her in the end. for the next three years my mum fought the cancer, went through all forms of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, and yet she never lost her spirit, never let it get her down and carried on her normal life until the end. I was so proud to have a mum like that, who despite what was going on inside her body, was determined to have fun and enjoy her life, no matter how long it was.

From my mum i learnt that if you really want to do something then just just do it (hence why i'm travelling), and also that life is far too short to worry about the little, inconsequential things in life.

12. Posted by newguy (Full Member 197 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Travel00

Quoting GregW

The dude who stood in front of the tank in Tiananmen Sqaure in Beijing back in 1989. He stands in front of the tank, and the tank turns to go around him. And then he moves again to block the tank. That's gutsy.


What happened to him? I forget. Did he get run over?

Unless i'm very much mistaken, his name is Wang Weilin, as reported by the press.( i remember becos he has the same name as my ex-girlfriend) I dont think he's still alive if he had not fled the country.

13. Posted by Abbytaxis (Full Member 137 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Isadora

My Dad.

Daddy's girl!:)

Nothing in particular. I prefer diverse experience and thoughts from different people across the globe. ;)

14. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I admire a number of people for their courage and determination.

1. My mom
2. Lance Armstrong (I agree with you Reece, I read both his books)
3. Mahatmma Ghandi
4. Nelson Mandela
5. Princess Diana for her work on land mine field countries.
6. All the genocide survivors from various countries around the world (the Jewish community, Cambodia, Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, Kosovo, Congo, Rhwanda, etc etc).

15. Posted by IronChef (Full Member 1076 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Again, I truly don't think I have any heroes or people that I put up on a pedestal above the rest of us(although, Lance Armstrong is truly close). But there are definitely a bunch of people I admire for certain reasons.

1 - Neil Peart - one of the greatest drummers to have ever graced this earth and who has dealt with incredible personal trauma(I am a huge RUSH fan)

2 - Lance Armstrong - probably the greatest athlete of the modern age

3 - Bobby Flay - from what I hear he was a punk in a gang on the streets of NYC before getting into the kitchen and has accomplished so much with will and attitude

4 - American women - maybe it is just the US but women over the last half century have been able to lift themselves above gender stereotyping and are incredibly independent and proving themselves in a, until recently, male dominated society

5 - My dad - this list is in no way a tops list - truly a great man who has overcome much in his life and empowered me to become what I want to be.

6 - My mom - ladies - you have met your match. not just because I am her son but there is no other woman as beautiful, caring, loving, intelligent, thoughtful, ... Webster's doesn't have enough words. If you are lucky and meet her one day - you, too, will be inspired.

7 - This list can go on but everyone out there who has the will and strencth to overcome the adversity in their lives. Whatever it may be and however frightening it may be ... the human spirit is truly amazing!

16. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Tank man or The Unknown Rebel is the nickname of the anonymous man who became internationally famous when he was filmed and photographed standing before a line of seventeen or more tanks during the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989 in the People's Republic of China. The photo was taken by Jeff Widener, a member of Associated Press.

The incident ironically took place on the Chang An Da Dao, or "Great Avenue of Everlasting Peace", just a minute away from the Gate of Heavenly Peace, which leads into the Forbidden City, Beijing, on 5 June 1989, the day after the Chinese government began cracking down violently on the protests. The man stood unwavering and alone in the middle of the road as the tanks approached him. He appeared to be holding two bags of some sort, one in each hand. As the tanks came to a stop, he appeared to be trying to wave them away. In response, the front tank attempted to drive around the man, but the man repeatedly stepped into the path of the tank. After about half an hour of blocking the tanks, the man climbed up onto the top of the lead tank and had a conversation with the driver. Reports of what were said to the driver vary, including "Why are you here? My city is in chaos because of you"; "Go back, turn around, and stop killing my people"; "Go away". Finally, anxious onlookers pulled the man down and absorbed him into the crowd and the tanks continued on their way.

The striking still and motion photography of the small man standing alone before a line of very large tanks reached international audiences practically overnight. It headlined hundreds of major newspapers and news magazines and was the lead story on countless news broadcasts around the world.

Little is publicly known of the man's identity. Shortly after the incident, British tabloid the Sunday Express named him as Wang Weilin, a 19-year-old student; however, the veracity of this claim is dubious. What has happened to Wang following the demonstration is equally obscure. In a speech to the President's Club in 1999, Bruce Herschensohn — former deputy special assistant to President of the United States Richard Nixon and a member of the President Ronald Reagan transition team — reported that he was executed 14 days later; other sources say he was killed by firing squad a few months after the Tiananmen Square protests. In Red China Blues: My Long March from Mao to Now, Jan Wong writes that the man is still alive in hiding in mainland China.

The People's Republic of China government, if it knows, isn't saying much. In a 1992 interview with Barbara Walters, then-Communist Party General Secretary Jiang Zemin was asked what became of the man. Jiang replied "I think never killed [sic]."

In April 1998, Time Magazine included "The Unknown Rebel" in its list of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century.

As one of the Chinese pro-democracy movement's leaders remarked, there is more than one hero in the Tank Man picture. Besides the person who risked his life stepping in front of the war machine, there is the tank driver who disobeyed his orders and refused to overrun his compatriot and was later arrested.

As with most matters related to the Tiananmen Square protests, the Tank Man topic is still a political taboo in mainland China, where any discussion of it is regarded as inappropriate or risky.


  • 1
  • 2