Show us someone or something you admire (and tell us about them, too)!

Attend any professional sporting event in Winnipeg, Manitoba, be it Goldeyes baseball, Winnipeg Blue Bomber football, or Winnipeg Jets hockey, and you’re sure to see super fan “Dancing Gabe” Langlois, cheering for the home team, playing air guitar, and dancing up a storm for the crowd between plays.

Gabe, who is autistic, is beloved in Winnipeg. He’s synonymous with community — a true local hero who volunteers his time to keep spirits high.

I was happy to capture this rare shot of him in repose, watching the Jets play and waiting for his chance to dance during their next break.


In your response, depict something or someone you admire. Bonus points if you share a paragraph or two on the source of your admiration.

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  1. Today.. I’m full of ‘admiration’ to my mom.. and it’s not just about the story with hospital, and intensive care unit.. 7 weeks already, several critical conditions, she managed to go through and survived.. but overall, this painful experience opened up something new to me.. which I hope will stay with me during this life time..

    All of us have got completely different parents at birth and for some reason they are the way they are.. which we can’t understand at some stage of life, especially during the ‘teenager’ times.. we can’t see much value of them, your parents, someone whose always with you, in the house.. whatever is going on, he/she’s with you.. no matter how good or bad for example..

    It’s still your best mom/dad ever during this short period of time on the planet earth.. Sometimes we don’t know how tough their life was, because the events are still in some healing mode inside their selves.. and the right time will come to reveal the secrets and appreciation of decisions made in the past..

    Sometimes the journey of life is not so easy to describe with words, pictures, sounds and feelings, but the trust inside the heart, your spirit or mind will guide you during the storm of internal conflicts..

    Life is a gift.. find your own balance.. as they used to say..

    Takes time to really get it.. to appreciate life as it is.. to appreciate your connections, friendships, your loved ones.. but I mean really, truly, deep down within with admiration to the ones you value most..

    My mom is my hero..
    My dad is my hero..

    They gave me life..

    Went through some hard ships, as we all do at some stage or chapter of life.. mostly without a single word of complain or.. Thank you, for example..

    It’s time to pay it back.. pay it back to the life itself, the most appropriate way.. so thank you for reading this and please keep in mind that you are the life as well.. of some sort of tree of life..

    Your own tree..
    The family tree..

    or some other way around,

    I’d like to wish you a wonderful day of ‘appreciation’ and ‘admiration’ as well..

    ` Swav @paintingsbyswav

    PS I’m wondering.. what kind of photo will add this evening!

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    1. Hi Carol, I see your response on the grid. Sometimes they take a few minutes to appear. Thanks for sharing that photo — I quite like the sun on the water.


      1. G’day Krista, lovely to hear from you. Thank you for leaving me a comment that is encouragement. Good to know you “happiness Engineers” are out there looking after all us WP fanatics.

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  2. The person I admire the most, is my mother. She was a single mother of two boys and was always trying her best to raise us right. She push us to be gentlemen and how to be responsible. She studied in the health field, while working full-time as an secretary. Plus, doing hair on the side.

    As a child, I always looked at my mom as Superwoman. With every problem she was faced with, she went straight through it and moved forward. If it wasn’t for my mom, I think I won’t be the man I am today.

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  3. Awesome picture and great post 🙂 I just wrote about St. Therese of Lisieux and how I admire her for not trying to be someone else but finding her own special identity and using that identity to accomplish the goals she had in life in an authentic manner!

    I love how everyone else is posting similar people they admire and their stories about them! You created quite a good movement here!

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  4. No matter where you are in the Colombian capital –and countless other places around the world too– you’ll never be too far from a man like this one, a recycler, or reciclador, picking through garbage and recycling trash that hasn’t been separated — which is most of it.

    Those who do critically important jobs like this deserve everyone’s gratitude and admiration. They have mine.

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  5. Let me share this picture taken in Guayaquil, Ecuador. It was a beautiful sight. I couldn’t help myself singing a song from the Fiddler on the Roof:

    Sunrise, sunset
    Sunrise, sunset
    Swiftly fly the years
    One season following another
    Laden with happiness and tears…

    Now comes the question: Sunrise or sunset? Unless you took it yourself, it would be hard to tell. Sunrise and sunset are like two peas in a pod.

    If you insist to know, though, I can give you a hint: I’m not a morning person.

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