Who is your hero?

Yuma Sun - Raising Yuma Families - - WHAT’S INSIDE... - BY MAG­NO­LIA ALONZO

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 mal­onzo@yu­mau­nion.org.

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