No matter what you do in life, I believe you should always try and lead by example so your actions and behaviors help to shape and teach others.
As a big sister and one of the oldest of the cousins in the family, I have tried to be the best role model I can be for my younger siblings, cousins, family friends, etc. to help steer them in the right direction and guide them along the way.
In my opinion, there is too much negativity and not enough strong, positive role models for younger people to look up to. However, we have the power to have a positive impact on someone else and change that. The power to help change behaviors, bring about a new way of thinking and make this world a better place.
It starts with you and has a ripple effect-- the ones who once looked up to you (and probably still do) are now doing the same for others and paying it forward. It's all about using what you've learned along your journey to help others navigate their own. Use your influence for good and watch it take flight.