Who do you admire???
What makes someone a HERO?
It’s subjective, but here’s a few things to consider..
They have to “show up”! They commit to something or someone and then do the work that honors that commitment, to make a difference that ripples beyond expectations. IMPACT!!!
They overcome an obstacle or illness. If they should fall short of the finish line, then they gave the battle all they had causing inspiration to spread like fire to those around them to pick up the torch and carry on.
They teach our children to think outside the box, push through adversity, and grow to be citizens of the world.
They protect the innocent.
They save lives.
They put their lives on the line every day to protect our freedoms and the human rights of ALL people.
They roll up their sleeves and help those who can’t help themselves.
They set goals, make ACTION plans, and see it through.
They are successful athletes or movie/television stars who remember where they came from and use that status to direct positive change.
They are the Mothers and Fathers of the world loving their children unconditionally…
This past week has revealed several of these examples!
On Wednesday I had the unusual and quite surprising opportunity to keep an eye on 3 athletes’ back packs while they did a swim warm-up in Lake Michigan. (an oxymoron, I know!) However, these were not just random triathletes in town for the World Triathlon… These men were representing the CAF. Challenged Athletes Foundation. This organization provides support and grants for adaptive equipment for athletes to participate in sports as well as mentorship. Not only were we “watching their bags”, we were watching over their prosthetic legs! They got in their wetsuits and swam a mile before I found a nice place to sit and watch!
Today I participated in the 2nd annual Jordan Michael Filler “HERO IN BATTLE” 5K race. This young man lost his own battle with heroin addiction at the very young age of 23. Ironically he was a big Michael Jordan fan growing up and 23 was his “go to” number. Now his family and friends hold fundraisers to bring solid awareness to the overwhelming presence and availability of this drug in our society. It is their mission to provide more education to parents and teachers as well as an anonymous texting program for friends to seek help or express concern about someone they are close to.
Proud to know so many heroes in my life!!! Honored to call many of them friends!