Lately, I’ve come across a lot of stories about everyday heroes- those people who stop to rescue a kitten who fell down a storm drain, or the firefighter who saved a precious family heirloom from a burning house, or a community that banded together to help their neighbor in need.
And sometimes, when I see those heroic acts, I can’t help but think, “That could never be me. I’m not brave or strong or smart enough to do that.”
But people don’t have to commit incredible acts of bravery or pull off impossible feats to be considered heroes, to be important, or to change the world- or even just one person’s world- for the better.
There is bravery in going to bed feeling hopeless, but still rising the next day to go to work or class or even just to get a glass of water before crawling back under the covers.
There is perseverance and inspiration to be found in those who fight their inner demons every day, but don’t let it harden their hearts so much that they won’t smile at a friend or send someone a message of love and encouragement.
There is endurance and strength when all you want to do is break down and cry, but you still manage to handle all your responsibilities for the day.
For all you do, you are a hero, too.
You’re a hero when you push through your own pain to brighten a friend’s day. You’re a hero when you pick yourself up and keep moving forward even when you think you can’t go on. You’re a hero when you seek out help and support when you’re feeling down. You’re a hero by virtue of the strength you show when, no matter how many bad days you’ve had, you still manage to find a way to smile or laugh.
You are brave, strong, and perseverant. No matter how big or scary or difficult your obstacles have seemed- or still seem- you have pushed through them, and you continue to move forward.
Whatever you’re doing, you’re doing your best, and that’s what matters. You don’t need to save the world or even just save the day to be a hero- you’re a hero because you haven’t given up. And you should be so proud of yourself.
You’re doing great. You’re a true hero.