Why do we need an alternate perception of ourselves. You know what I mean? Don’t you?
May be since our childhood everyone has talked about that one central person in the story-the HERO. What about others?! Can hero do everything that he want without help of others? And is he an ultimate destination of individual traits?
More importantly, does everyone want to be like him and leave their own characteristic, responsibility, role and aspirations behind just to attain a ‘portrayed-perfection’ of social and interpersonal qualities?
In our social setup HERO is more like a godly-figure for everything he does is correct and if not he still is worshiped for his casualness.
I believe those other characters are the individual heroes of their individual spaces and tasks; for none can replace you and do the same task with same intent, intensity and good-faith like you.
Why don’t we explore the hero within ourselves? In us, lies a power to diminish all other lights and glorify ourselves. We hold the ground we belong and there is no match to our capabilities that some other ‘HERO’ can replace. Can your kids be loved by some other dad the same way you do? Or can your girlfriend be more cared by a different man?
Everyone is hero of their own story. Difference is, how you want to run the show? It is your story; your charm and your decision which would matter in the end as to where would your next scene propagate; would it be a happy moment, tense situation or a let-it-go scene.
We spend our most of the life trying to pose like someone we are not. Interestingly most of them or none gets convinced of what we have been trying to get them convinced for; for years! Rather they know, somehow, the truth- the real you. So why not stop being something that you are not?
This situation has been same over the centuries or may be earlier than that and continues. In all eras, whichever has passed by, the social setup has made sure that they project someone as an ideal of individual traits which should make everything else look so lame that people not abiding to the ‘desired’ characteristics are either considered unsuccessful or at the worse-evil.
The evolution of concept of hero is of course not new. In almost every epic, lore, book or artefacts of history we have come across a character leading others. In each of these the motion is lead by some individual towards fulfilment of a greater-goal which apparently satisfies a noble cause and brings value to society at large. Now if you look closely, there are actions involved which lead to a mass development of a certain kind of change, and however small the impact be, when we talk about society of course we are considering individuals, most of which might be convinced by the idea of this ‘revolution’ but there might be someone who has a different perception of the situation and whom idea, if applied, can be of greater benefits for the other individuals, for all. And of course, there may be some others who are reluctant to any changes whatsoever as they are not convinced with this idea of change.
Similarly however small or large the context may be there are perceptions involved which make it a larger movement or a small change in the lives of people in that domain. For instance, electrification of a distant village may not be a new task for administration but the same is beginning of hope for brighter future to the villagers.
Perception of, and setup of, a society defines the kind of hero they need to drive their interests.
As per our inherited characters, and aspiration we tend to follow our own heroes. People may choose a renowned personality, a local leader or a successful businessperson as their role model and follow them blindly, forgetting their own qualities, capabilities and interests. But, you can be more than what you think of yourself. For your whole life you try to be like your perception character, or rather, alternate ideal self. Your aspirations are driven and in fact mislead in some situations due to this attitude. Such attitude is not only problem for you but for others also who are dependent on you. You may be feeling inferior to what you want to be, but what if your already are excel and trying to cut yourself down-size just to fit in someone else’s frame! All of us need a little introspection of ourselves for we are the heroes of our stories. No one else can be so perfect than us to suit the role, fit-in and be that leader who can bring that desired change you want.
However small your world may be, however tiny your aspirations may and whatever job you are in, it is you who can do this; you are the individual who’s action will define the future of your family and self; no one else is the hero of this story but you.