The road to becoming your own hero begins with defining what a hero is for you; what it means to be a hero.
For most, once we separate the marvel comic ideal of super powers and alien technology, heroism usually involves overcoming adversity, helping others, rising above the commonplace and striving for good. The path that leads you to being heroic is often not of your choosing- adversity is not something most bring on for fun; but once encountered, it loses its fear and so in the overcoming we learn more about ourselves, our strengths and tenacity, our integrity and self. This can lead to seeking out challenges to dig deep within ourselves to keep alive that connection to our inner hero.
Also, in overcoming adversity we learn tools that most feel compelled to share and discover a bond with others that is hard to define but unshakeable. We seek to find ways to express how it all came to be, how to fit feeling ‘normal’ and yet doing something extraordinary or dealing with something unusual into one moment. Trying in so many ways to help unlock in others that which holds them back from their dreams and potential.
I discovered that I became my own hero when I walked up on that beach in France, having swum my way there- completing a cycle that began in my youth with devastating illness; and yet looking back, it is the juxtaposition of the wheelchair with the herculean effort of the swim that most people think remarkable. To me, it was a quiet recognition that walking away from the wheelchair 17yrs previously was the moment I chose the path of being my own hero- it just took me 17yrs to feel it.
So, for me, the road to being your hero begins with defining what hero means for you and ends with recognising that person is you.