The other day I came across a quote that said "A coward gets scared and quits. A hero gets scared, but still goes on-Anonymous". It got me thinking of all the cancer patients I have come across over the years that are facing their own fears everyday and going on. It also represents the first time runners; perhaps they've entered a half marathon or marathon for the first time. There they are at the start line with their bib on, and staring fear in the face.
There are heros in all of us. They can appear at any point in your life. Whether you're graduating from high school and moving on to further studies, or getting your first job. The heros in us let us face our fears with anticipation and delight. They allow the stay at home mothers to go back out there, after ten years, and re-enter the work force.
Some heros come out at the times you expect them the least. Even when you are at your lowest point, someone's motivation, another's enthusiasm, or your inherent belief in yourself will bring him or her out. They are not quitters, but go on.
Others live to provide inspiration. They are very often the people you would not expect to be in that position. In most cases, they have overcome hardship themselves. They have come out of an abusive marriage or relationship. They have overcome sickness or suffered horrific personal loss. They have lost their inner drive. But somehow their hero is awakened, and they carry on.
There's a man that I pass by on my way out of the office. I don't personally know him, but I come across him several times a week when I leave my office. He's handicapped and sits in a wheelchair just in front of the exit, patiently waiting for his assisted transportation home; probably from his day at work. Although he sits there alone (even the security guard has left for the day), he always looks happy and full of life, and usually wishes me a pleasant evening as I walk by. I always reply back, wishing him the same. Last night he told me the weather would improve soon (we've had several days of abnormally cold temperatures mixed with rain). It made we want to walk with a spring in my step and start singing..."the sun willl come out tomorrow...".
He is one of the real heros in life. This is proof that a simple act of kindness, coupled with a genuine smile can be so inspirational. He, like all the other heros I know, or have known, has a choice to quit or go on; every day. I'm glad he has chosen to be an inspiration to others, even if he doesn't realize it. There's a hero in all of us..... if we only let them out.