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On Role Models

One of things I was looking forward to back home was to interact and hear out what the younger generation had to say about the work we were doing here in Japan. It's incredible to think what a kilo in space can genuinely do to motivate, generate curiosity and build connection with people who didn't give a shit a year ago. 
What was even more shocking was kids coming upto me and saying that I am their role model. Given that I know myself extremely well, of all the misery and pain and failures and more misery I have gone through, I just wanted to say "Hey kid, that's probably a bad idea." But then I decided to simply smile, nod and thank them. 
If I hadn't felt the pressure before, I was feeling it now. 
That also makes me think, how many of my role models did the same? The world as we know it is a brutal place. The appearance of effortlessness that we see in bond movies are work of fiction and that casts serious doubts on people who appear to have solved thei…

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