Who is a hero?, what does a hero look like? just how heroic? Who is your hero?, Hero or villain?
When trying to understand a hero this are some of the questions one never fail to ask,
What about the certain situations which make certain people do great deeds, when otherwise they would have continued with their normal lives, do they possess some specific characteristics?,another question.
many of these heroes are listed and recognized for the efforts they did or do, they were leading ordinary lives, were ordinary people-when suddenly they found themselves in circumstances which needed to act heroically,the question still remains who is he or she?
There is this story that caught my attention of a young boy, 8years old of age, there was an earthquake that happened in a school where they were schooling, his two classmates were caught inside, the roof had fell and they couldn’t get out, he quickly ran to save them. When the boy was asked why he saved his classmates he gave this answer, that he saved them because he was the class prefect. I call this dutyful heroic act, being a 8year old basically he could not understand the meaning of heroism, but actually he is a hero.
This goes to my definition of a hero. The dictionary defines it as a person, typically who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievement, noble qualities. This definition help me get onto the next question, that will help me understand who is a hero much better, Does heroism involve physical strength or other qualities that define being a hero, does it demand extraordinary circumstances like a train attack, bomb attack or war, or can heroism takes place in our everyday lives? Can anyone be a hero,
hmmmm.. tough questions indeed,it is so easy to say yes to the questions but look what about the other part?
Some situations that make people hero, Salah Farah now deceased,may allah rest his soul in peace, our kenyan muslim and a teacher who protected the christians during terrorist attack is a hero! The circumstances around it made him a hero.
So yes circumstances make people heroes. This should not be an excuse of being an hero. My goodness who can forget our very own rugby sevens team, i remember there was a time when the kenyan team had been performing poorly, personally i remember loosing faith with this team, so wrong of me but look at this team recently, amazing work they did at Singapore, i call these guys heroes despite the challenges, and the bad stigma that kenya was getting from the western world.
Unconsiously, we all have standards by which we measure other people, and if we examine closely we find that the standards is very simple one, and that is we admire them or either envy them. Yes this is it!
We all have inner heroes. Circumstances can force almost everyone to be a bystander to evil, but they can also bring out our own inner hero. A inner hero if stirred to action, that inner hero is capable of performing tremendous goodness for others. This answers my question can anyone be a hero?
The greatest heroes on life are those who never give up on someone, they sacrifice things in their lives in order to help others grow. They give up what they want because someone is on need of it more. They show love to their loved ones, love that is not ”proved” by conformity. This are real heroes everyday.
My own heroes are dreamers, those mem and women who tried to make the world a better place, Mother teresa,wangari maathai, martin luther king, only to mention a few, they made the world a better place than the found,whether in small ways or great ones, some succeded some failed, most had mixed results, but it is the effort that’s heroic, as i see it, win or lose, i admire those who fight the good fight.
So do heroic an acts everyday, careless about the payments but bigger reward will happiness within your soul. Peaceful world will be a better place!