June 19, 2015 admin

HERO: Jane Goodall

by Susan Morris

Age 57. Livermore, CA

I have lots of heroes. Some I follow in the news to guide my thinking, some I call on Sunday mornings to check in, some are fictional but they inform my personal myth. But of all the real people today that I look up to, Jane Goodall has been a lasting and quiet but powerful inspiration. I have always loved her soft-spoken, unassuming way of going about things. Public voice only existed to get her what she needed. She never seemed to want to say, “this is who I am” so much as “this is what I need to do.” She wasn’t given her life with the animals. That life seems to have come to her, and she simply embraced it wholeheartedly and proceeded to pour all her time, money and talent into doing the task before her.

I love that everything she does seems to look easy;

YOU GET THE SENSE THAT SHE COULD QUIET A NOISY CROWD…JUST BY CLEARING HER THROAT.

the research, the speaking, the fundraising… When you see her she just looks quiet but powerful. You know she must be exhausted but she seems to have a connection to some limitless well that both guides her and feeds her. You get the sense that she could quiet a noisy crowd and get them to focus just by clearing her throat. “Excuse me,” she might say. “I need to go save the world for the next generation. Could I have tea and biscuits to go?”

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