“Everyone is necessarily the hero of his own life story” – John Barth
It’s that time of the week again. It’s also the first summary of a new month, which means nothing less than a special edition! Whoop whoop!
I’ve been wanting to write a post about heroes and super heroes for a while now, but somehow it never came together. So I thought maybe it would be cool to use it as a Special Edition Summary Post (all capitals indeed). And since I am in a crazy mood, might as well make it extra special by adding some pictures to the mix.
Here are a few people who are very important to me, for different reasons. I look up to them, wish to be (a bit more) like them, and appreciate their work and effort, making me a happier person because of what they did or do.
Click on any picture to read my summary! If you want to start at the beginning, pick the elderly couple :)
1) My grandparents. My grandmother was the most extraordinary woman I have ever known. Never in my life have I met someone who was as sweet, generous and kind as she was. I long to be a bit more like her. And my grandfather… After reading a short bio on him, I realised we share many traits. He was a perfectionist, too, and cared lots for his loved ones. I admire both deeply, and if I could give my life to spend a single minute with either one of them, I would. I still miss them, and they have been gone for so many years…
2) As writers come, I admire many. But there’s only one who can be my favourite, and that is Oscar Wilde. He had a magical way of arranging words, like the true artist he was. He had style, he had wit, he had skills, he had it all. Except happiness, maybe. Without his works I would be a little less intellectual (haha) and a little more unhappy.
3) This picture left a lasting impression on me ever since I saw it for the first time. In my senior year in high school, we had two main topics for our history exam, one of them was the Vietnam war. Kim Phuc (if you don’t know) is the young naked girl running away from her village that was just bombed with napalm. She got napalm all over her and her clothes caught on fire, that’s why she’s undressed. Her entire body is covered in scars. What really made her one of my heroes is that many years later she met the pilot who dropped the napalm bomb on her village. Kim forgave him. That proves to me she’s kind, brave, and strong. I wish I was a bit more like her.
4) Did you laugh when you saw this picture? Good! It’s Patch Adams, a doctor who believes in treating a patient rather than their illness. There’s a movie about his life (called “Patch Adams” – what a surprise!) and his part is played by Robin Williams, so also respect to this great actor. Patch created his own hospital, the Gesundheit Institute. What I admire most in him, is that he didn’t stop fighting to get where he is today, and that no matter how hard people tried to change him, he never stopped following his own path.
5) It doesn’t matter if they are old or young, heroes come in all shapes and sizes. But if you’re a teenager who believes in something and who stands up for their rights as a girl/woman despite being threatened with death, you are definitely a hero. Malala Yousafzai is an inspiration to me, an example of holding strong beliefs and never giving up on what you believe in.
6) Mika doesn’t just make happy, gay (in the old English sense of the word, mind you!) music, he also makes beautiful, quiet and sad songs that touch your heart. He’s a perfectionist (yay! We are with so many!), and never fails to deliver an amazing live performance. But above all, just like the others, he doesn’t stray from what he wants: he writes his own songs, does it all the way he wants to, and never once stopped giving up on his dream. He’s a genuine artist, and one who always knows how to cheer me up, even if I’m in my deepest and darkest of places.
7) Sometimes all you need to do to stand up for what you believe in, is not standing up at all. Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus during the segregation ages in the USA, and wrote history with that. Such a small act of bravery is worthy of the highest level of appreciation. Rosa helped put something into motion that eventually led to an end of racial segregation. And for that, she has my eternal appreciation.
8) – EXTRA! You probably don’t know this woman, but she was the first female college student to graduate in the Netherlands. Aletta Jacobs was allowed to enter college and study medicine for a trial period of one year only. But she kept complaining and fighting to be allowed to take her final exams and graduate as well. Not being the first woman to go to college, she was the first who got her degree. Maybe if she hadn’t put up a fight, someone else would have. Then again: maybe not. So thank you, Aletta, for making it possible for me to get my Master’s Degree in sociology!
These are my heroes. By doing what they did, they helped me grow into the person I am today.
I’ll end this extraordinary post with a heroic Earworm Of The Week from a movie that’s all about friendship, bravery and, again, following your own path. Believe in yourself and you can make magic happen!
(from the movie How To Train Your Dragon)
Who are your heroes? And why?