The Stuff Heroes Are Made Of

James Ouma
Posted February 13, 2016 from Kenya

Most of my friends and I practically grew up American movies, so much that we thought and believed that Kenya was part and parcel of the USA! One of our favourite hero was Arnold Schwarzenegger movies.

One of the things that made him a hit with us was the fact that he was able to accomplish the mission of getting the job done, getting the American flag and kissing the girl just before the credits rolled at the end of the movie. There is a scene in the movie Commando where he grabs an enemy, turns him upside down and just before he drops him into a hole he says, “Remember Sully when I promised I was going to kill you last? I LIED!”

One thing is for sure. When Arnold Schwarzenegger promised he would back, he made sure he came back! I believe I am not the only one because there are hundreds of heroes out there that people follow such the Power Puff Girls, Ben 10, Superman, Captain America, or perhaps Maria, the Mexican soap opera Lost Angel!

Everyone is Looking for a Hero

We are usually so busy following the lives of our heroes we seldom have time to live our own lives. Most of the times, we just let life pass us by. Every person, right from childhood, has someone they look up to, someone they want to be like. That is why our children compel us to buy school bags, clothes and all kinds of accessories that they think will turn them into Ben 10, Power Puff Girls, Commando, Superman, Spiderman or Captain America.

It is a good thing to have someone you look up to. But it shouldn’t be at the expense of living your own life. It certainly shouldn’t be at the expense of letting life you pass by. We stop living our lives when we admire, adore and want to be like our heroes. While we may want to have their biceps, six packs and hair (for ladies) all this is vanity.

A Bunch of Ordinary People

We are living in a world that is desperately crying out for a hero who will stand out from the crowd. A hero who doesn’t ebb and flow with the current. A hero who has never been seen before. Little do we know that a hero is just another ordinary person, just like you and I.

Instead of waiting to become or achieve what our heroes became and achieved, we should be willing to be ourselves and live our lives. We should stop pretending that we are our heroes, take off their masks and allow the real and authentic us to come out into the world. That is the kind of a hero that the world is waiting for. Whatever you do, remember to bring the real and authentic you the next time you go to church, to the office and back to your house and family.

Have a heroic weekend, will ya?

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Emily Garcia
Feb 16, 2016
Feb 16, 2016

What an encouraging piece, Hawi James! Thank you so much for sharing. It is true how much time we spend trying to be somebody else when we are worthy ourselves! Our authentic selves can be amazing!

Wishing you a wonderful day,