As I write this, everyone has probably watched Avengers: Endgame and the final season of Game of Thrones has just started. While most viewers who have taken to social media are hating on spoilers, or hating on people who hate spoilers, I’ve been thinking about the kind of heroes that I enjoy in fiction.
When I was younger, my idea of a hero was someone who was fearless, who would always do the right thing, and never backed down from a challenge. I wanted to become someone like that when I grew up.
But along with adulting came the realization that such heroes would not fare well in the real world, with all the ambiguities, complications, and plot twists that we encounter in everyday life. So I started looking at the heroes who sometimes did the wrong thing, sometimes backed down from a fight because they were afraid or confused, or didn’t know which way was up or down. I think of the Jon Snows and Iron Mans of this world who are not always brave but have one thing in common: In the end they did what was right, in spite of everything.
There are many things to fear and be angry about these days. You will falter. You will try to run away. You will try to hide behind the façade of indifference or cynicism. In the end though, do you have what it takes to be a hero and do the right thing? Are you brave enough to admit that you are afraid and to hold onto the One who places courage in your heart — He who is with you in the scariest of places and fights your battles for you?
This is one of the entries from a book that I co-authored with Isa Garcia and Janina Rivera, Dawns: A Weekly Devotional for Self-Care and Spiritual Growth
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