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here are some things we could do with be­ing re­minded of at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals through­out our lives, from stum­bling tod­dler to bum­bling codger. Things like: when peo­ple ask how you are, the cor­rect an­swer is ‘Fine thanks’; No, you don’t need an­other drink; and the stop-cock lives in the cup­board un­der the stairs.

But the one that’s rel­e­vant now is the truth that be­ing brave doesn’t mean not be­ing scared – it means be­ing scared and do­ing it any­way. And be­ing brave, be­hav­ing boldly, is a big part of be­ing a hero – some­thing most of the peo­ple in this is­sue never imag­ined they’d be called. They weren’t born with ex­tra­or­di­nary pow­ers, any more than Bri­tain was born with fjords or deserts or Alps. What they did in­stead was over­come that in­er­tia com­mon to all of us and DO some­thing that – lit­tle by lit­tle – added up to some­thing sig­nif­i­cant for some­one. It might be as big as a record-break­ing achieve­ment or as mod­est as sow­ing a seed of love for the out­doors. It might be climb­ing Snow­don, sav­ing a small cor­ner of the coun­try from the scourge of lit­ter, or walk­ing 1000 miles. What all these things have in com­mon is they start with a sin­gle step in the right di­rec­tion. And if you think you’re just not made of hero stuff, take the Bri­tish land­scape as your ex­am­ple. No great shakes on a global scale, but fairly knockout at in­spir­ing ad­ven­ture, art and in­ven­tion, eh? Bri­tain might be lit­tle, but we don’t have to be lit­tle Bri­tons. Let’s be he­roes!

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