Why We Need Heroes
This past week, I was catching up on some laying around the house watching pointless television when I came across ESPN's 30 for 30 and it featured the story of Bo Jackson and I heard a quote during the documentary that would some up why we all need heroes.
Growing up I had several heroes, Jim Morrison of The Doors, Barry Sanders of The Detroit Lions, typical growing up heroes.
As the years went on, I found myself no longer looking at musical icons, or sports super stars but I found myself in awe of the men that were and are around me. It started with my Papa when I moved to Texas in 2000 and after he passed away I found myself lost because I had spent almost everyday with him for 5 years, we worked, laughed, learned and drove each other up the wall sometimes but we did it side by side.
Now that I am 34 years old, I am not ashamed to say I still have heroes and people that I look up to. They are my best friends, council, because they have been where I have been and messed up worse than I could but also succeeded and for them to take the time to help guide me through my path of life it means the most to me because the heroes I have are very much involved in my life and if I slip then they will be the first ones to put me in check and that I am thankful for.
I have heard several quotes over the years when it came to someone trying to describe what a hero is or what it takes or whatever.
This is by far the best quote I have ever heard and it comes from David Housel former Athletics Director at Aurburn University describing Bo Jackson and why we need heroes. If you think of who you look up too and who you need in your life it isn't very hard to add their name to this quote.
"Why do we need heroes? Why Do we look up to people like Bo Jackson? Because we're less than perfect and we are always looking for perfection. Somebody who can do it better than we can, somebody who can be an example to us, of what we can do. That's Why Bo was important, because he offers us the hope and the example of being something more than we alone think we might be."