Everyone has a hero of sorts- someone who inspires them or helps them; someone who acts as a standard to reach towards. Someone who they want to be like. Heroes give us something to reach for. A world without heroes would be dark and cruel. A world without heroes isn’t worth living in.
A world without heroes isn’t worth living in.
A hero is anyone who is willing to lay down their life for a cause, anyone who cares enough about the people around them that they would die to save them.
Even in the darkest periods of history heroes existed- in fact, heroes are easier to identify during times of evil than in times of peace. Men and women like Irena Sendler, Oskar Schindler and Nelson Mandela are well-known heroes. These people have one thing in common: once they were ordinary, but as they grew they discovered that something was unfair in the world. Instead of ignoring the problem, they fought it- some in secret, some publicly- and faced death for their courage.
Someday, high schoolers will learn stories of the people who battled evil in 2017. Two kinds of people will be remembered over the course of history: the hero and the evil that the hero defied. Everyone else will be forgotten. As I think about my life, I realize that I don’t want to be forgotten while the world moves on, so I’m not waiting for an opportunity to be a hero to come to me. I’m searching for a cause- something that is unfair in this world that I can stand against, putting my whole heart into it.
I want to be a hero.
So will you stand up, or will you live life in as an apathetic human in a perpetual state of I-don’t-care?
Will you be remembered, or will you let the world forget you?
Make your choice and commit to it.