Don’t kill your heroes be your own hero
I originally shared this piece with beBee back in June when I published it through The Church of Rock 'N' Roll.org If you use the Producer tab you definitely missed it.
Well, I met an old man
Dying on a train.
No more destination,
No more pain.
Well, he said
“One thing before I graduate
Never let your fear decide your fate.”
Death is nothing more than a transformation. A graduation if you will from the pain of living.
We cling to our existence for some good reasons.
It feels good to be alive.
Look around at your life and see what it is that you cling to daily.
We are human and in that we are emotional creatures whose attachments define who we think we are. The things we cling to in life are often the things that make us feel alive and are how we give our life purpose and meaning.
When we make fear based decisions in life it can feel as though we are living in a cage. A cage we create in whose opinion matters to us. A cage we allow others to assist us in building for ourselves.
Who’s helping you build your cage and what does that cage look like?
Well, the sun one day will
Leave us all behind.
In the sky.
Well, I hate to be
The one to ruin the night.
Right before your, right before your eye
Karmic Law says that all that exists is right now.
Now is the progressive moment that never ends and is always evolving.
Science has shown us that in millions of years our sun will destroy our world.
Science has shown us our Milky Way Galaxy will collide with the Andromeda Galaxy in billions of years.
All that exists is now and now is all that matters.
It is far too often in life that we let ourselves be overly concerned about the future that is never set. We worry endlessly about what might happen.
There are times when fear can be a healthy thing based on the life we desire to lead. For example the idea of jumping out of a perfectly good airplane is not one that sounds good to me. On the same note if that plane is going down, I’ll be in line with a parachute ready to jump out the door.
I say ya kill your heroes and
Fly, fly, baby don’t cry.
No need to worry cause
Everybody will die.
Every day we just
Go, go, baby don’t go.
Don’t you worry we
Love you more than you know.
The lyrics here say kill your heroes and I disagree. Here’s why.
Here are some of my heroes from fiction and the really real world.
Bruce Lee has had more of an influence in who I continue to become than any other source. Bruce once said “I hope to free my followers from styles,patterns or molds.” To a man who embraces is individuality these are some of the wisest things anyone who finds themselves in a place to teach can say.
Jesus Christ taught people to live love, not follow him as a savior. I think it was mistranslated in the book. I believe what he actually meant is that there is no way to saving oneself but through my words and teachings of love and to be love. When he said I abide in the father as the father abides in me, I believe he was telling us that God resides within us all.
Ghandi showed how to be a pacifist and still be a man who stands and fights only in a different way allowing the mind to be the only weapon any needs.
John Crichton is a character from a TV show called FARSCAPE. This character had the knowledge in his mind that could build the ultimate weapon and he was chased across the stars. He was dedicated to not building the weapon as his wisdom could see it would only destroy everything. A man who often found himself in situations that forced him to do things he didn’t want to in order to survive. John was always motivated by a desire to do the right thing in the moment and the character was often at odds with himself.
Daniel Jackson was a character in both film and TV. In film it was STARGATE. In TV it was STARGATE SG-1. The character was always in search of doing the right thing. He was a humanist and also believed that other species of sentient life deserved the same humane treatment that we all deserve.
Obi Wan Kenobi let Darth Vader kill him to prove he would indeed become more powerful than Vader could imagine. Over history martyrs and their legacy have had power that can not be fought. How do you fight a legend that inspires many into action.
Gene Roddenberry gave us a view of the potential of humanity that showed us rising above and coming together to explore the stars. Joining with other species from other worlds to be explorers and defenders. Gene has inspired millions if not billions for over 40 years.
Robin Williams was the eternal clown who once said he looked for the creativity in every waking moment of life. That’s a beautiful view to take through life to be constantly looking for ways to make others laugh and share the healing energy that laughter is.
My dad has never calls a physician Dr. To him it always seemed that if he should call them Dr. Whatever, they should call him Contractor Carter as both jobs serve an equal function to the continuing of the species. Who is the physician going to get to fix his drywall or remodel his kitchen?
I believe in equality in all aspects of life.
Let me be real clear on this point.
There is no justifiable or valid reason to elevate any above another.
Get the point?
I say become your own hero by taking those you would call heroes and finding the aspects that you admire most and add them to the idea of who you are as you continue to grow and evolve. Take ownership of becoming the hero that others will tell stories about. You may never be famous however you will be a star to those whose lives you make positive impact in by being your own hero and letting yourself define what that looks like in living action.