Heroes and misconceptions

It’s amusing that in this day and age people are still suprized or awed when someone they’ve decided shouldn’t be able to do something actually does it. This is often the case when people find out that I can cook, I socialise and that I have a job that requires me to use my brain. I often have people telling me that I am brave or that I am a hero because I do normal things. Not that I’m complaining, God knows I’ve been called much worse but still I think it gives me credit where credit is not necessarily due.

I remember thinking that going blind would be the worst thing that ever happen and I think this is a sentiment that a lot of people share. The truth is though, it’s not. Like with everything it takes some getting used to and can be embarrassing or awkward at times but you get through it. Of course, I am assuming that is why I get this praise and that is precisely my point…

Actually, I had a very good life; I have a good job where I am respected, a great group of friends, a wonderful family, and the ability to do what I want when I want to do it. I say all this not to be arrogant but to highlight the fact that there is always a way to adapt to new situations and there really is no reason anyone couldn’t have done it.

To me a true hero is someone who puts themselves out for the good of others. Someone like. Malala Yousafzai . For those of you who do not know her, Malala is a 15-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl who bravely spoke out against the oppression of a young girl’s right to an education. She did this at a great personal risk which resulted in her near death after an attempt on her life. Even as she recovers she continued to speak out for her cause.

If this isn’t a hero I don’t know what is.



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