Heroic is the prompt for #lifethisweek and it started me thinking about heroes. Yes we all have our ‘heroes’ in life but really what does being a hero really mean?
The Merriam Webster definition of heroic is:
relating to courageous people or the mythological or legendary figures of antiquity :
exhibiting or marked by courage and daring
supremely noble or self-sacrificing
a heroic gesture
Synonyms such as Bold (which my friend Deb from Deb’s World’s selected for her 2021 WOTY), courageous, dauntless, fearless, intrepid.
All of these definitions and words we obviously relate to heroes who have attained some form of celebrity status. However, it can also apply to each of us – yes, us mere mortals can be heroes too!
Christopher Reeve, aka Superman, was dealt a devastating blow at the height of his career. His life changed forever when a riding accident left him with a spinal injury that paralyzed him from the neck down. His thoughts are inspiring as is is approach to life.
“A Hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.”
― Christopher Reeve
Being heroic is not easy and Heroes need to find courage to
- be a lone voice,
- to initiate change,
- provide care, love and support to others,
- to step out of their comfort zone.
In other words – YOU – we all have a hero inside that just needs to be released and accept the challenge. For me, a hero is someone who leads by example and lives their life in an authentic way rather than by the expectations and stereotypes imposed by others.
Who is my hero?
My personal hero and always will be, is my Mum. Mum was always a giver and lived her life caring for others. We had a wonderful childhood, despite not having spare dollars. Mum made sure we were loved, cared for and although we never went on holidays, our school holidays were always full of fun and adventure. She battled breast cancer for 10 years, dying at 63 and during that time never complained. She remained gentle, caring and loving and not once felt sorry for herself. A normal woman, a wife, mum and Nan like many other women in a similar situation – ‘found the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles’