How to be a hero

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a bit in love with superheroes. I have seen all of the Marvel movies and am completely obsessed. My brother stays on top of all the latest news concerning Marvel and DC movies. He’s my source for all things Avengers 2. However, I’m afraid I’m not obsessed enough to read all of the comics. Maybe one day.

Now although the movies are usually excellently made and nothing short of amazing, that’s not what captivates me. It’s the gorgeous men in these films.

Kidding!

Although having actors like Robert Downey Jr. and Tom Hiddleston side by side doesn’t hurt …

But back to the point. The reason I am so in love with superheroes is because they are just that: heroes. As I got to thinking about it, I realized they all had a common trait: None of them set out to be heroes, and that’s what makes them relatable.

Heroes don’t try to be heroes. They just are.

Take Captain America for example (my favorite). Scrawny kid, not very fit and nothing impressive judging from the outside. For those of you who know the story, he is eventually injected with a substance that makes him strong and nearly invincible. But still, that’s not what makes him a hero. This is.

He didn’t set out to be a hero. He became one by doing what he knew needed to be done. All of the small things he did eventually built his reputation, and that’s how he became a hero.

Think about your favorite heroes – Harry Potter, Katniss, Superman, etc. None of them sought out greatness.They were faithful in the small things and greatness happened as a result.

I think there’s something in all of us that wants to be a hero. We want to save the day, we want to feel important and we want to be remembered.

You don’t have to strive to be that hero, though. Be the best you can be and do the most good that you can every day.Then maybe one day people will look at your life and call you a hero because you showed up when it mattered. You never gave up. You did the best with what you had, and that’s what made you a hero.

Essentially what I’m saying is you can be Captain America … sort of.

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