Growing up I was always fascinated by super heroes. Batman and Spiderman were pretty cool, but Superman was my favorite. I wanted to be just like him. I remember my parents bought me Superman pajamas, complete with the cape and all. I would put those pajamas on and run through the house, jump down the stairs and the furniture, pretending to be Superman. It was awesome.
I believe we are all fascinated by superheroes like Batman, Spiderman, and Superman for one main reason: They put the needs of others before themselves.
While these comic book Superheroes are truly amazing and entertaining, they also give us an unrealistic idea of what a hero really is. We think that in order to be a hero you must be able to save millions of people, have super human strength, or see through walls. This isn’t true at all.
Today’s heroes don’t have super powers, wear masks or capes. These individuals are just like you and me. In fact, you might already be someone’s hero and not even be aware of it.
Mike Dilbek, the founder of Response Ability, says…
“Heroes are people who transform compassion (a personal virtue) into heroic action (a civic virtue). In doing so, they put their best selves forward in service to humanity. A hero is as an individual or a network of people that take action on behalf of others in need, or in defense of integrity or a moral cause.”
Deep down we all would love to be someone’s hero. Unfortunately, too many of us end up staying on the sidelines. When there is a need, a call to action, or an opportunity to be a hero and put the needs of others before ourselves many of us think we can’t make a difference.
We tell ourselves, “I’m no hero” and we remain bystanders hoping a hero will come to save the day.
Well, I’m here to tell you that each and every one of us can be a hero. You may not be able to leap a building in a single bound, see through walls, or fly through the air, (or maybe you can) but you can be a hero because you can make a difference in the world if you choose to. All you have to do is take heroic action.
“True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic.
It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost,
but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.” — Arhur Ashe
Heroic action is something you choose to do on your own free will, without the expectation of reward, recognition, or personal gain. It’s when one person puts the needs of others before themselves in an effort to make even just one person’s life better. It’s when an individual risks their quality of life, physical being, or social status in order to make a difference…in order to make the world a better place.
If you want to be a hero, all you have to do is put others before yourself and make a difference in the world. Help those who are in need, serve them, defend them, fight for them, show compassion for them. Then you will be someone’s hero.
I encourage you not to be a bystander anymore and choose to make a difference, choose to put others needs before your own, and choose to take heroic action…choose to be a hero.