Who is your hero?
Who is your hero? Is it a fictional hero, a superhero, or a real person? Do you look up to someone as a great example in life? Everyone likes to hear the great stories of important people and why we consider some of them our heroes. Some of these people may be your family members, others may be coworkers, friends, or even celebrities. Whomever the person may be that you look up to, they have endured great successes, sacrifices and discipline throughout their lives; which is most likely what makes them great heroes. We praise their character as role models and celebrate their successes as we share their great moments.
Why do we need heroes in our lives? We need heroes because it helps us look up to successful people as a motivation for us to continue on the right path to achieve our goals and overcome our challenges along the way. If our heroes had the determination, courage and confidence to succeed, then we can have it, too.
Read about them, watch movies about them, listen to their story, fill yourself up with the successes of their lives, as this will be your fuel to continue reaching for the stars. One great example of a hero can be Rosa Lee Parks, when in 1955, she refused to hand over her seat to a white passenger on an isolated bus in Montgomery, Ala. She was detained and penalized, but her courageous action directed a positive boycott of the Montgomery buses by African American passengers. Her actions at the time may
have brought her distress and disappointment, but with her sacrifice and courageous determination, great things happened and now things are better and different for a lot of us.
What do you look for in a hero? Most people whom we look up to as our heroes have a passion for what they believe in or what change they want to bring upon the world. The hero’s passion and their level of assurance inspires and motivates everyone to perform to max capacity. Within this, heroes should also possess integrity, as there is no true hero without honesty and reliability toward others.
An example of a true hero with passion and integrity is Nelson Mandela. Although he was sent to jail for 20 years due to political actions, he did everything in his power to win the trust of his people in South Africa, then became free so he could lead the country. Other traits of superheroes involve having the confidence to achieve, being patient with others, and being selfless. Don’t ask what others can do for you, rather ask what you
can do for others — be caring, be humble and supportive with everything.
On the other hand, there will be those times when you will have to be your own hero to make things happen and cheer yourself up to accomplish your goals. Remember, sometimes the hardest things are the best things in life. It is through discipline and sacrifice that good things get accomplished.
We are defined by who we are, not by who we are not. It is your turn to be the hero for others. Be the person you look up to in others, so others can look up to you and say you are their hero. John E. Lewis said, “If not us, then who? If not now, then when?” Apply this to yourself; “If not me, then who?”
Magnolia Alonzo is a guidance counselor, testing/scholarship coordinator at Kofa High School. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rosa Lee Parks