What does it mean to be a hero? Is it someone that realizes an aspiration at excessive individual and physical struggle? Or is it someone doing altruistic deeds in the name of man and animal kind? When we were children, we were inspired by accounts of leaders, caped and/or masked superhero’s and brave men and women who did amazing things to transform themselves, us and the world. We looked up to those who made a metamorphosis in our lives while at the same time overcoming their own personal struggle to achieve their goals. We regard their nerve and commitment in high esteem; we aim to be as courageous and focused as they’ve been to achieve what they set out to do. A hero is someone who does something we can’t do, don’t want to do, or don’t think we can do. Heroism isn’t about accomplishment only. It’s the influence that our hero’s achievement has on us, and what we can ascertain from the battle and adversity they’ve endured. They‘re what we could refer to as prototypes, they’re individuals who display elevated standards of personality and staunchness and who enthuse us to accomplish the utmost that we can in order to imitate them.
Heroes inspire. When we think about who inspires us most times its everyday people who’ve done extraordinary things. We appreciate when someone is willing to be selfless, creative and/or innovative. Giving back and encouraging others comes armed with benefits. Because we never know whom we’re going to influence when we give freely not caring who may be able to reciprocate if or when we ever find ourselves in need. Giving back leaves a legacy that will survive much longer than we will.
Heroes have diverse characteristics and qualities that make them heroes. Because we may not see someone as a hero, doesn’t mean that person isn’t a hero to someone else. There’s no cut and dry characterization or norms of what or who is a hero. Heroes face their anxieties and defy challenges; they consider others before themselves, and when facing a problematic condition they solve it with poise and composure. We shouldn’t say that someone isn’t a hero, because we do not know what he or she has done for someone else. Being a hero isn’t always trending news. Being a hero can mean working extra shifts to send our children (or nephew) to college so that they can have a brighter future. It can mean making sure that the people around us have food, clothing and shelter, or dedicating ours time to cultivating our communities while facing down any obstacle hurled in our path. The personalities we consider our most beloved champions don’t just face the sporadic heroic moment; they seek them out. They flourish when most would question their resolve or just shy away. So take it from us here at Gourmet Services Inc., a hero is so much more than just a sandwich.