“You should never meet your heroes.” Do you agree with that statement? I’m not sure where it originally came from, but I think the author is trying to say that we have idealized versions of our heroes which are not realistically possible. Because of this we will be disappointed if we do meet them in real life. Interesting. It seems to me that this could be a great case FOR meeting our heroes! I want to see my heroes humanized and sometimes struggling with the same challenges that I face. How about you?
I would like to also offer a new perspective. What if you could be meeting your heroes every day? Well, you can. All it takes is the recognition of how heroic every single one of us are. We all face challenges every day to be the best humans possible. Sometimes it might seem that the world doesn’t care or that we are not enough. Yet, we continue on. Notice the way that others are showing up in the world. Ask yourself what is heroic about the actions they are performing. Acknowledge this in yourself. I guarantee you are somebody’s hero! Perhaps you are a parent, a hero to your child. Or an educator, a hero to emerging minds. Or maybe you have achieved a certain level of success or do something better at work than your peers. You have people looking up to you. You are their hero, even if it is for one particular thing. How awesome is that?! How much inspiration can be offered by a perspective that acknowledges the heroic actions we all take every day? So, I say meet your heroes! Meet them often! And you are a hero! You are a hero who is worth meeting!