Hidden inside the most unlikely person can be the most extraordinary hero …
I’ll let you in on a secret. Heroes are everywhere. In fact, you could be one of them.
Have you ever wondered what makes a person heroic? The movies would have us believe that overwhelming odds, and the actions a person takes—with guns or fists—define the hero.
Jeremy, in The 12 Nights of Jeremy Sunson, an accountant on stress leave who’s never been good at anything, has a secret. He can’t fight with fists or guns; even if he had any (guns that is, he does have fists), he wouldn’t know how to use them. And yet he has to stand against many opponents: his therapist, assassins, even the end of the world. Standing against obstacles is heroic, but specific obstacles do not a hero make.
Jeremy chooses to fight, before he’s forced to. For me, Jeremy is heroic because he takes a stand. The clothes truly do not make the man.
Harm, the warrior legend from In Harm’s Way, has a secret. He might be huge, but he’s about as coordinated as … well, let’s just say his toes often stop his gigantic shield smashing into the ground. Unintentionally.
And yet, everyone regales him with his heroic and miraculous deeds, which just happen to occur when he’s blind drunk. With no memory of his feats, night after night, Harm submits once more to the ceremony his magician friend Montague created—never sure whether he’ll wake up—to save villagers he’s never met from an attacking army. He does all this to stand against oppression.
Everyone can be a hero. Even you. At any time.
Have you ever helped a loved one through tough times? You have?
Congratulations! You’ve succeeded at one of the most difficult tasks imaginable, a constant strain and effort that puts every action star to shame. Yet few of us are portrayed as the heroes we really are—the papers are full of those who aren’t heroic, who take their pain out on others. Like Jeremy’s mad-scientist friend Stuart who suffers a tragic loss and … but I can’t spoil that for you.
All of us deal with loss, and yet the way we cope can be heroic: we can hide away from the world, or take a stand.
Heroes don’t require assassins or Armageddon or a village in need—every time you take a stand, rather than the easy way out, you are heroic. And you join the band of unsung and unknown heroes. Jeremy is an unlikely hero. He reminds me that we can all be heroic, by standing up for what’s right.
So join Jeremy on the road less travelled. Hope to see you there one day.