I admit it, I am a Heroes Fan. I watch it every week and love seeing what the writers come up with. You see as a kid I was into comics and loved the idea of a teenager waking up and finding that he or she had the mark of a being a mutant on them and that they were given extraordinary powers.
So I watch the new show Heroes and enjoy seeing who will use their powers for the greater good and who uses them for evil. I also find it interesting to watch and learn from the challenges that they must grapple with to try and figure out what is the meaning for their own existence (but don’t we all).
The more that I watch this show and think back to the comics I read, the fictional heroes I most admired were those everyday people that used their powers for the greater good.
I find that today, when I think of my real life heroes, these are the same type of people that I look up to. It is the people that go out of their way to make a difference in the world around them, whether that is in their child’s life, their community, their professional life or other aspect of their life, they step outside of themselves and make the world around them extraordinary. I also believe that these people tend to be selfless. These individuals are not the ones out there looking for the limelight. They are the silent masses working for change and impacting people, many times, one at a time.
Thinking about this I started wondering about who people saw as heroes in their own lives. Would it be a parent, a husband/wife, a famous person? For me, the heroes that come to mind are people that day-by-day make a difference one person at a time in my own current and past communities. I know someone could say a famous name like Mother Teresa or Ghandi or someone else like this. For me though, I keep my heroes close to home.
What about you? Who are your heroes? Why do you consider them to be your heroes?