When I Ride…

Day 14: Write a letter to a hero who has let you down…

I don’t have a hero.

There are people I admire but hero status for me does not exist. Why? Because “heroes” are humans and I like to practice the Golden Rule. Treat others the way you would like to be treated. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

I never want to be anyone’s hero. I wouldn’t ask anyone to be mine. People are going to disappoint you only if you were expecting something from them. Yes, I expect certain behaviors from people all the time, especially when they tell me they are going to do something, I hope they will keep their word. But if they don’t, it doesn’t have anything to do with me.

American Folk Hero-Davy Crockett

But really, who am I to be “disappointed”?

Am I someone who deserves that you be above the human condition and not let me down? That is why I would never want to be a preacher. Everyone of your parishioners is watching your every move to see if you will show your humanness. The vast majority want those who place themselves in an elevated position to fall. Whether you are a movie star, sports figure, political figure, preacher, horse trainer, teacher…when you are being watched, you are being judged a bit more than the “average” person.

I had a hero once. Through a series of events, I watched and felt disappointment….but  I realised…he is only human. He is just a man. My disappointment was my problem, not his. We are all just doing the best we can.

So don’t worry…if you care what I think….you can quit now. I know you are human…and I like you anyway.

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This entry was published on July 14, 2011 at 3:31 am. It’s filed under contemplations, relationships and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

5 thoughts on “Day 14: Write a letter to a hero who has let you down…

  1. Pingback: Man, Spiderman | We're Jumpin

  2. Yes, it is usually our expectation that let us down. Expect nothing, and you will be far from disappointment.

  3. As I have got a little older I have come to think heroes are the people who can take the muck and mess of our very human lives and make something out of it. Perfection is never obtainable, but finding beauty in adversity and weakness is something that is always impressive!

    • It has been almost a year and i just re-read your comment here. This is very nice and uplifting. I appreciate the different perspective you brought to this post. Thank you.

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