(I'm bending the rules here slightly and choosing two heroes)
As I write this today, two things come up for me.
1) Heroism is in the eye of the beholder.
2) I feel that we should allow ourselves permission to see ordinary people as heroes more.
Today, I had many heroes, some who intentionally and purposefully take on a leadership role, and some who had no idea how they impacted me today. To illustrate my point I thought I'd list a few:
- My dance instructor who teaches me about the bliss and joy of moving my body.
- The bus driver who helped me get home in a freezing hail storm.
- The woman whose apartment I am renting.
- A receptionist in an Indonesia hospital who spoke just enough English to understand I wanted to talk to my partner who was extremely ill and hospitalized with dengue fever a few days ago.
- Whoever it was who taught the receptionist English. And the inventors of Skype.
- The guy at the Verizon help center who helped me activate my internet.
- All the people involved in making and delivering my macaroni and cheese dinner.
- A guy I met at a conference to build a National Peace Academy who recently sparked my interest in using technology in the peace building and education field.
These are just a few. While heroism is typically reserved for someone who has super human strength, will, intellect, artistic abilities, motivational skills, etc, what they all have in common, is that they are human and they are incapable of surviving on their own. By this I mean that they are not perfect, they are fallible, they are reachable, they are in most regards a normal person. In addition, they have heroes. They need the same support, inspiration, forgiveness, kinship, play, work, nutrition, etc. as the rest of us. To me this gives a deep rooted hope and knowing that anyone and everyone can be and is a hero. When everyone sees themselves as a potential hero, then all the more change will happen.
Two heroes I will highlight today, who have impacted me significantly, are Jane McGonigal and one of my younger sisters, Melissa. Without Jane's influence and innovation, I would not be typing in this blog right now. Without my sister's incessant curiosity (why? why?why?) I would be all too serious and not willing to relentlessly explore new things. Tomorrow may bring new heroes, but today these two are my reason for writing this blog.
I will be shadowing Jane via Twitter and Facebook. I am also going to contact her in the next two weeks via email. I will text and email my sister Melissa.