The five people that I’d love to sit down to dinner with.
As a writer the list of people I’d like to sit down to dinner with is very long. However, I want to share with you my top five and why
they inspire me.
The first ones come from two of my favorite TV shows and the reason I’d love to sit down to dinner with them and pick their brains is
because they are in an industry where beautiful are adored and these folks are
all truly comfortable in their own skin.
Matthew Gray Gubler plays Spencer Reid on Criminal Minds.
He’s tall, he’s thin, and he plays a genius on TV. He has described his home as
living in a haunted tree house, he’s got a collection of kimonos, and he paints nouveau artwork. Why is he on my list? It’s simple. This man embodies everything Hollywood is not. He is comfortable in his skin and has had a wildly successful run in his show.
Kirsten Vangsness, this beautiful
woman plays Penelope Garcia on Criminal Minds. Her character has ever changing
hairstyles and looks with big bulky jewelry and she carries it all off with a great big smile. I completely admire her because she is in an industry where size 0 is actually considered acceptable. Size 0 is not a size and people will
starve themselves to get there so the producers and directors are happy.
Pauly Perrette, this gorgeous
bombshell plays Abby on the award winning
television show NCIS. Her character is quirky, intelligent, and has the coolest tattoos. She’s also loveable with a heart of gold!
Why are these 3 people important
to me? They are comfortable in their own skin, and they make it work for them (REALLY WELL) in a world that idolizes beauty (look at the newsstand the next time you pass it). We see it everywhere, the swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated is one of the top selling magazines every year. Why? Because you
have beautiful women in bathing suits on every page.
I get on a soap box because the world needs to start seeing what’s inside people, instead of their outside. You can be a beautiful person outside, but if you’re ugly inside what does that
make you? I was overweight and not the best looking person in high school and I was ridiculed for it. I’m still very bitter about it, but I know now that I wouldn’t be the beautiful person today if I hadn’t seen the ugly side of
That’s the case in most high schools, and that’s what we should not be teaching our children. Matthew, Kirsten, and Pauley are positive role models people should look up to. These
are the people who are beautiful inside. (No I’m not saying the rest of the cast is ugly.) We need to look for the beauty inside people and that is so important to me. I’d love to sit down to dinner with them and see what their
world views are, how they kept their positivity to become the amazing people they are today. These three people inspire me.
These two other ladies are
connected as well. They worked together to help the world be a better place and
they died within months of each other.
Princess Diana is has been and always will be an icon for her style, for her beauty, for being a royal, but most importantly for the work she did in the world. She worked with charities
such as UNICEF and to ban land mines in war torn countries. She worked to make the world better for our children and people forget all these amazing things she did. Now her children William and Harry are doing the same thing and changing the face of the British Monarchy forever. They are breaking the rules,
Diana was a hands-on mom and that’s been passed down to her son William and
that’s an incredible thing.
She also worked with the children’s hospitals, AIDS hospitals, and the Arts. The arts are so important because they teach children math and science in a different way, like baking is
just chemistry you can eat and music teaches about resonance and sound.
Mother Theresa has always
fascinated me, her work with the poor in particular and trying in little ways
to make their lives better has always inspired me. In my own life I try to make
everyone’s better in the little ways. People forget that the little things count. Something she said once really intrigued me, did you know that Mother Theresa herself was not sure about the existence of a God. She called him The Absent One. She once said, “I am told God loves me–and yet the reality of darkness & coldness & emptiness is so great that nothing touches my soul.” Yet she had great faith and that pulled me through my own crisis of Faith when I lost my child. I would love to meet her and thank her for doing that for me. She was such an inspirational and amazing lady.
About the author:
Alden, NY Native and Amazon Best Selling award nominated author Lee Ryder knew she wanted to be an author very early on. From the time she began to read she knew and cherished the amazing worlds that could be brought to life in books.
She started writing in elementary school and never stopped. Her work was published in many small works throughout the year. Her writing blossomed in high school when she was published in the school literary magazine “Between The Lines.”
When she isn’t creating new worlds for her characters to live in she’s spending time with her family or crafting. She’s a firm believer in Random Acts of Kindness and spreading love in the world wherever she can.
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