I read comics as kid. All I wanted to be was a hero. I always played the hero. Now, as an adult, I read self-improvement blogs. In fact, I think I spend more time learning how to improve myself than actually improving myself. There’s something in me saying, “you’ve got to be better,” while some else says, “that’s too hard, just watch tv.” You too!? (Shhh… I don’t think we’re alone here)
It’s time I try something different. I’m cutting back on self-improvement and trying to fail more. Which oddly enough, is harder and scarier for me. I’m not prescribing this idea for anyone else. I mean, this could be a terrible idea.
That’s a terrible idea
Here’s my logic. Everyone who wrote a wildly successful self-help anything, learned it from scratch and probably failure. What they learned for themselves, they turned into a book. What they teach is great and fail-free and it works for a lot of people, but it doesn’t work for others. I can’t tell you how many systems I’ve tried to be a better organizer, or getting things done-er, or being more social (I’m super introverted). Rather than pick a new book and read a new blog to learn a new way to be successful or happy or whatever. Maybe not everything needs to be fixed. Maybe nothings broken. Maybe, we’re just fine.
You are someone’s hero
You’re not just fine. You are someone’s hero! Or, you’ve been someone’s hero. Or, maybe, you were just recently someone’s hero. Most likely, you’re all three. You’ve no doubt done something that’s made the world a little better. We don’t think about all the small ways we’ve positively impacted someone’s life. Smiling at a stranger can change their entire day (for the better, not for the creepy). Just saying thank you gives someone a sense purpose in their job. Parents who listen, neighbors who wave, strangers giving compliments… you’re all heroes to someone.
So what now?
I have no idea. I suspect you should just keep being awesome. That sounds like good advice from a self-help guy. Keep being awesome. Get out there. Keep turning the lights off when you leave the room, pick up trash, say hi to your neighbors, and continue keeping your mouth shut when you have nothing nice to say. It’s the little things that make you a hero. You’re doing great! Don’t stop. Just keeping doing more of the goodness you’ve already been doing.