What does it mean to be a hero? It’s a question that’s been asked many times.
Do you need super powers? A utility belt? The earnest want to seek justice on whoever stole the last slice of pizza?
To delve deeper into the subject, you’ll find that the answer is something that can be answered with a simple question.
“Have you changed someone’s life?”
Whether big or small, we can all find ways to bring change to this world. They say it takes fewer muscles to smile than to frown, and something so small can have a big impact on someone’s day.
Now let’s up the ante.
Perhaps you come across a total stranger in need of assistance of some sort, and you have the ability to be the help they need. Would you simply walk by and say “Hey, good luck with that” or even remain silent? Sure, it’s easy enough to give a lost driver directions to where they need to go. Most likely because we know we’ll never have to see that person again because they’re from out of town.
So why is it so hard to be the change that’s needed? Are we afraid to be someone’s hero?
For us authors, we always hope that our written words will change and inspire. I can guarantee you that writing and describing things for a living becomes very hard to do when we receive amazing reviews and messages from you, our loyal fans.
But even though we’ve written a book that may have “changed” your life, we’ll never feel like the heroes that we write about in our stories. We simply do what we do because we love doing it. We don’t have to, but we do it anyways.
And isn’t that something we should all live by? Say it with me: “I don’t have to, but I have the ability to do it anyways.”
You don’t have to be like Roya Stark from the sci-fi Lucidite series, or Wynter Reeves from the new dystopian “Ultraxenopia” by M.A. Phipps, or Devon Bertrand from the upcoming “Ultimate Agent” series by yours truly. The way I see it, we all have the ability to show what it means to be a true hero.
You don’t have to, but will you do it anyways? Why not be someone’s hero today?
Derek Borne is the author of the “Ultimate Agent” series, due to be released later this year. Discover his world of superheroes and espionage at www.derekborne.weebly.com
Artwork provided by Choolee.