93-year-old Betty Reid Soskin is the oldest ranger on active duty in the U.S. National Park Service, and she has no plans to retire anytime soon. Reid Soskin is rarely seen in public without her ranger uniform. “Because when I’m on the streets or on an escalator or elevator, I am making every little girl of color aware of a career choice she may not have known she had,” she said. “That’s important.”

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I am proud that I was raised to be someone who will take risks and maybe make a fool of myself and put myself out there. Because it’s not just about how other people are treating you or thinking about you. It’s about how you are treating yourself and how you are feeling about what you are creating. It’s important to be a good champion for yourself.

When a mom says to me, ‘You’re an incredible role model for my daughter,’ that’s the best compliment you could give me because it’s about my character, which to me is the biggest honor. I always try to operate by the standards that I set for myself, because those standards are the hardest to beat. I love giving back to people because it’s sort of like when you’re looking forward to Christmas–not because you’re going to get presents, but because you’ve gotten your mom something really cool and you can’t wait to see her face when she opens it.
—  Taylor Swift talking about being a role model and giving back (x)
I'm really proud of Jack

Not to say because I feel like he needs to hear it from me or he needs my approval or anything, but just in general, especially after today’s vlog.

It takes a big person with a lot of courage to own up to their mistakes, no matter how big or small they may be. For some people it’s really hard to take responsibility for their actions and it would’ve been much easier for him to just brush it off like it was just a small error and move on with his day, but he didn’t. He took action as soon as he saw negative comments going towards other YouTubers and came out straight and apologized for everything.

It also takes a lot of guts and trust to call out the community and tell us how he was a little disappointed by some of our actions. It’s one of the reasons why he’s such a great leader for this community. He pointed something out that he didn’t like and he’s trying to steer it back in a more positive direction in a calm and caring way. It’s really hard to do that with some groups of people, especially when you have over 5.5 million people watching you.

So I really commend Jack for his honesty and courage and owning up to the problem that occurred. It’s one of the reasons why he’s such a role model to me and so many others, because he isn’t afraid to accept responsibility for his actions and take it in stride.

And don’t worry Jack, you have never let us down :)