“The hero is one who kindles a great light in the world, who sets up blazing torches in the dark streets of life for men to see by.” – Felix Adler
We all have our heroes, people who’ve made an impact on our lives whether they know it or not. It could be mom, dad, a relative or even a musician, author or actor.
Whatever their profession it sparked something in ourselves that made us want to reach higher or left us feeling inspired.
Sometimes we unfortunately don’t look behind what caused that feeling. It tells us something about ourselves, our wants and our needs. If we can take a closer look at what it is that these people bring to us we no longer idly look up to them. We learn how to better live our lives.
Once we’ve taken a closer look at our heroes and what we admire about them we get a deeper understanding of ourselves. The best thing is that those things are applicaple no matter what profession we choose. Not necessarily the exact skills but the underlying principles.
I used to think that I was collecting “useless information” when I was reading, learning or doing other things outside of music. It felt like I was wasting my time but I went with my gut that said “do it, there’s something valuable there”.
Years later I can see that those experiences are precious gems that I can turn to and use with people. Things that we can relate to and that give a clearer picture to something in art that can be too “esoteric”.
A couple of weeks ago Matthew McConaughey won the Oscar for his role in “Dallas Buyers Club”. His speech apparently got some heat for various reasons. One of them being what he said below.
“Now when I was 15 years old, I had a very important person in my life come to me and say ‘who’s your hero?’ And I said, ‘I don’t know, I gotta think about that. Give me a couple of weeks.’
I come back two weeks later, this person comes up and says ‘who’s your hero?’ I said, ‘I thought about it. You know who it is? It’s me in 10 years.’ So I turned 25. Ten years later, that same person comes to me and says, ‘So, are you a hero?’ And I was like, ‘not even close. No, no, no.’ She said, ‘Why?’ I said, ‘Because my hero’s me at 35.’
So you see every day, every week, every month and every year of my life, my hero’s always 10 years away. I’m never gonna be my hero. I’m not gonna attain that. I know I’m not, and that’s just fine with me because that keeps me with somebody to keep on chasing.”
It might sound odd but the essence of what he’s saying is really good. We need to look at ourselves, who we are and who we want to be. If we can imagine the person we’re going to be in 10 years and start working towards that, we’ll be surprised at how far we can go.
“Be your own hero, it’s cheaper than a movie ticket.” – Douglas Horton
Rhonda Byrne – Hero