Awhile ago I asked all of our artists to consider the question, “Who is your hero?” Hunter Freeman and Kevin Twomey sent along responses that were not surprising at all. Now it is Ron Berg’s turn and once again it is proved that everyone is true to their brand. Ron is a thoughtful and caring person. So, of course he wrote the following.
“When Heather gave me this assignment over a year ago. It had become a true albatross for me. A writer I am not! I had thought about it often and finally, one day, ‘what defines a hero for me’ came to me as I was “people watching”.
Since a child I have always been a subconscious intent observer of people and the human condition. My parents would have to continually remind me to quit staring. And, as many who know me, I’m a bit of the quiet type and more of a listener and spectator. I swing from humility to repulsive as an observer. Lately, there seems to be a lot of head shaking in disbelief. Deep breath, Ron!
So when it hit me, it reminded me that those that continue to inspire and humble me are those who are NOT heroic in the true sense. They are the people I wish I were more like. Isn’t that what makes a hero? Not athletes, celebrities, reality stars, and the beautiful. Why is it that we continue to celebrate and revere? I’m guilty…it’s all too easy to fall for them. I find it as easy as the next guy to get sucked-in to fame and stardom due to the inundation of information and all forms of media we are subjected to.
I have to goose myself back to reality often. We are ALL only human after-all…right?
Or do those in the limelight fall into that just super human category? I think not!
So for me it is those that are the unsung. Those that daily, hourly, and probably most every second of their lives make sacrifices; for themselves, for their families and for strangers alike.
As the saying goes… Pay It Forward, Smile to a Stranger, and make an extraordinary sacrifice!”