Being a Hero

My tagline as an author is “Anyone can be a hero.”

Being a hero means different things to different people. To me, it doesn’t have to mean any grand gesture. It doesn’t necessarily mean saving a life, or sacrificing yourself for someone else.

I’m pretty sure for most of us it doesn’t involve wearing a cape and spandex and flying through the air to fight supervillains, though I suppose anything’s possible.

Being a hero can mean something as simple as being friendly to that kid who always sits alone in the cafeteria because everyone makes fun of them. It can mean overhearing someone making a nasty comment about someone else and stepping in to say, “Hey, that’s not cool.” It can mean taking a few minutes to play with a younger cousin at a family dinner where everyone else is involved in their own conversations and activities.

Being a hero can mean recognizing that you have the power to make changes in your life. It can mean battling depression or other mental illnesses every day–and getting through each day still alive. That’s a win. That’s a hero.

Being a hero means a lot of different things, and that’s why I say anyone can be one.