Michael Clarke Duncan played that character so well and even though I saw him as a hero, I also know he is nothing more than an actor, playing the part of John Coffey, just another character in another book, written by another writer; another hero for us all to love.
I don’t think we have to look that far though to see or even meet a hero. We don’t need to see Will Smith in Independence Day, Sigourney Weaver in Gorillas in The Mist, Toby Maguire in Spider Man, John Wayne in The Alamo or Tom Hanks in Apollo 13. There’s no need for us to sit and watch Bruce Willis in Die Hard, Humphrey Bogart in The Big Sleep Harrison Ford in Raiders of the Lost Ark or Sean Connery in Dr. No.
What we need to do is to just take a walk down the street, meet the people about us; get to know the true heroes living among us daily. Take a look at the old man down by the dumpster, who fought for your country, lost a leg and is now homeless. Or the single mother, who goes to work on minimum wages, comes home, cleans the house, takes care of her children and still manages to cook a well-balanced meal. How about the boy who is beaten by his drunken father, only to go to school to be bullied by the other kids in his class. Or the man who sees a complete stranger being beaten to the curb and steps in to break the fight up. The little girl who gives her pocket money to children in need, the woman who stops to help the old lady, who slipped on the ice, the gentleman who held the door open for you this morning or the boy, who helped the child in the park when she fell off the swing.
Heroes don’t need to be famous people, don’t need to be world leaders, pop stars, rock stars or movie stars. Heroes don’t need to be big and strong and brave. Your heroes are all around you. And you, if you strive to make this world a better place, if you think of your fellow humankind, smile and spread a little joy, then all of you are my heroes too.
Final note: We all have a personal hero. Maybe it’s your mother, your father, your children, an aunt, an uncle or a good friend. If you have a hero or know somebody who has performed a heroic deed please take a moment and leave a message after this post (under reply) telling me about them, I would be more than interested to know.
Take care now