What is a hero?
The media and film industry influence who we think of as heroes. We have all seen the images of soldiers taking incredible risks to gain some ground, hold their position or save a comrade; a fireman walking out of a crumbling building with a puppy under his arm; a woman overcoming great difficulties to achieve her goal against all odds; lovers accepting separation or people accepting death for the sake of their cause. They all have the potential to stir a great deal of emotion within us and influence how we define what makes someone a hero.
I often feel disillusioned by these portrayals of heroes and when thinking of the sacrifice and suffering of soldiers and civilians on both sides of any conflict, I recall a line from the song "There were Roses" by Cara Dillon;
“Those who give the orders are not the ones to die”.
I feel the kind of idealism that is portrayed can flirt with our ego and raise our expectations of ourselves or goad our ego and make us feel we could never achieve such a level of commitment.
Whichever way it affects us it’s not healthy to be influenced in this way. It distorts or undermines our true sense of who we are which depletes our desire to evolve.
In my opinion we are all heroes, for quietly getting on with our daily lives to the best of our ability, by making use of the tools and skills we have. Don’t feel dis-empowerd by the ideals of what a hero should be or the expectations of others. Strive to show the world the hero YOU are and the hero YOU can become.
Remember an inquisitive mind is a healthy mind. So please nurture your mind, body and soul by seeking new knowledge, tools and skills. Acquire a deeper understanding and wisdom and don’t be afraid of your potential or the thought that pursuing your potential will alienate you from your friends and loved ones. You may inspire them to seek for themselves and if they are not inspired, accept and honour their choice of path at this time in their lives.
You will find your true friends and loved ones will stand by you whoever you are and you will also open the door for new friends and loved ones that will inspire and enrich your life in new ways.
The old saying “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is rubbish and also dis-empowering.
My saying is “teach an old dog new tricks and give it a new lease of life”
Acknowledge the hero you are, inspire yourself, embrace and honour who you can become.
A true hero will surprise themself in times of adversity and won't feel comfortable with the attention that is often thrust upon them.
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