Mario Lopez said on Twitter that the bad part of getting older is seeing your heroes pass on. I must say he is on to something. Many of the people in real life and in pop culture who I call my heroes are leaving this life. At the ripe old age of 45 I am reading more and more the people who were a important part of my growing up are going through transitions in life. I am grateful for the lives of people I looked up to and admired. They influenced me to be who I am.