The way I see it everyone on this planet has something great to offer, something super interesting and unique to bring to the table. However, there are always those few and far between people that are sooo interesting that they just knock your socks of. Stories anyone? Who is the most interesting person you have ever met? They just make you wonder “how on earth did you become sooo interesting???” :) Go!
I love this question, and it’s going to require some pondering.
But off the top of my head, I remember going on a weekend trip up to my best mates beach house 5 or so years ago and he’d brought a mate visiting from the UK up with us as well. To be honest, I cannot remember any of the conversation for the life of me. But I remember the two of us took about 6 litres of wine out on the deck around midday and sat in these big ass comfy chairs and talked all day. As I said, I cannot remember what we spoke of, but I remember finding it great that he would listen to what I was saying with deep contemplation and without interruption, and he spoke very calmly and thoughtfully, and I was captivated, never feeling the need to butt in and add my opinion.
I haven’t seen him since, but my mates that know him consider him a god among men, so I’m willing to trust my judgement on this one. That and he has “Hold onto your plums” tattooed on him in Latin haha
When I was in the marines there was this higher up that always inspired me. He had a glimmer of pride and well deserved respect in his eyes. His name is Gunny Sannicolas. I had a rough 4 years serving and no matter what.. we could be sleeping outside in the cold rain during training and he would stoop to our lower rank levels, make sure we were fed, healthy, and happy. He was the only person in the 4 years I slaved that I found inspiring and would even consider being a role model.
I seek people like this out on purpose. I make it a point to pick someone interesting out of a crowd or sit and talk with the homeless, with the elderly, with people from all different view points. I met a 26 year old who had lost his wife and child in childbirth, was infected with hepatitis and genital herpes when he was raped on the streets after being abandoned by his parents at 8 years old. I just find it amazing that he still has the will to live.
Definitely my high school physics teacher. It’s hard to describe, he just did his job so well and inspired us. Everyone in the class was so interested in physics, which isn’t the easiest thing to do. When we finished the course a month early, he taught us a unit on body language, just because it was something he was really fascinated in and thought we could apply in our lives. I’m sad to say he got fired last year. It really saddens me the people who can pass for teachers today. He inspired me to major in Biophysics in Uni, when I got there and saw how bad the teachers were, I quickly realized physics was not where I want to go with my life, I just had such a great teacher that sparked my curiosity and made me want to learn.