Everybody is a hero

The word hero is kind of weird. What does it mean? Does it apply to men and women alike? What about heroine? It has the same pronunciation as heroin. Do we talk about a drug or a woman? Maybe for some men both have the same effect.

The following entry is taken from the New Oxford American Dictionary:

hero |ˈhi(ə)rō|

noun (pl. heroes)

a person, typically a man, who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities: a war hero.

• the chief male character in a book, play, or movie, who is typically identified with good qualities, and with whom the reader is expected to sympathize.

• (in mythology and folklore) a person of superhuman qualities and often semi divine origin, in particular one of those whose exploits and dealings with the gods were the subject of ancient Greek myths and legends.

If everybody is a hero, then let’s leave mythology and ridiculous costumes aside. We won’t be Superman or Captain America. We are not in a book, a play, or a movie, so we don’t need to compare ourselves to them either.

Anyway, the basic characteristics of a hero are either courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. That sounds really broad to me. My mom believes what I do is outstanding, so does yours I hope. My friends think I have some noble qualities. Whoever I have defended, if there anyone, will say I’m courageous. Everybody is a hero.

We can all be heroes, that is, to someone. We might not be Iron Man and save a whole country from utter destruction. We might not carry guns and kill the bad guys (I truly hope I never do). We may not be the ones who go into a burning house to help a child and their mother. Can we still be heroes then?

As cliché as it is, there are various heroes in my family. Some have saved and continue saving me through financial support. Others have shared precious knowledge or much-needed jokes. For Christians, Jesus is our hero who brings a liberating philosophy of love. Whoever contributes to our well-being, be it mental, social, emotional, or physical, is our hero.

I hope to be a hero through this blog, at least to one of you. At times, I am a hero. Some have found my experiences and ideas to be useful while others decided to toss them without hesitation.

You will decide if I am a hero. But be assured that you, my reader, are one. By reading this, you’ll encourage me to continue sharing and nurturing my ideals and my hope of a holistically healthier community.

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