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Who Is My Hero?

Who is a hero? Someone who inspires us to go beyond our physical, emotional and mental capabilities to achieve something that would be beyond us in normal circumstances or someone who achieves that something beyond the ordinary within the limits of his/her own limited capabilities?

I could cite a number of great names who would fall into either category, but to me heroes are everyday people, like you and me, who in that one moment of asking do something that is not so everyday. That shriveled woman who lives on the road by my home, just because she has a mentally challenged son who refuses to go home or that successful doctor who gave up a lucrative practice to serve the poor in a remote village are heroes in their own ways and in my eyes.

To me a hero has to be identifiable, not so larger than life that he/she is impossible to emulate in full. Small deeds make great men and women and are reachable, achievable.

My own deceased mother, a doctor of great repute, who donated her blood for patients, who prayed to God to cure those who were very ill, who could work without consideration of hours when lives were at stake, is my most identifiable, closest hero. She died young and I console myself with the fact that those who the Gods love best are called away early. But I believe her life's work was done. She had gone beyond the confines of just being a doctor to being a true humanist whose sense of responsibility and care extended to all those who touched her orbit. To be even one tenth of her, would make me a hero in my own eyes.


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Being My Own Hero

I could fill an entire page with names of individuals I consider to be heroes in my life in ways that are both massive and minuscule. Throughout the years I have been tremendously fortunate to have had many people shape my world, broaden my horizons and brighten the flame that makes me feel alive. And although my gratitude and respect for all these heroes are immense, I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the hero I have come to admire in myself.

I understand that we all have different views of self-praise (some may call it vanity while others might think it vital to life) and as such, I find it important to preface the next paragraph by stating that I was brought up to be humble and kind and to always make others feel good about themselves before worrying about my feelings or needs. Know that this is not coming from a place of conceit or arrogance but from a space of growth, love and strength.

Sometimes I look back to the life I lived as a child and wonder how that timid, flighty spirit evolved into the immense, powerful fire I embody today. Years of reflection have shown me that this strong, prevailing spirit has always resided within... how else could I have survived such a violent and unstable childhood? Being able to look back on my life and recognize my own strengths—even in times of pure pessimism and uncertainty—brings me hope and reminds me that I am capable of anything life places in my path. There are (and there will always be) times when my spiritual flame dwindles, and those are the moments I look deepest into my soul to get me through.

We can all be our own heroes, inspire one another and surprise ourselves with our own strength. How beautiful the world can be when we consider ourselves to be just as important as any other loved one.

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