Day after day.
I wake up.
I go to class.
I go to work.
And then I stop.
I stop and I breathe.
In through the nose, out through the mouth.
I panic, just a little, on the inside. Not because of anything happening around me.
I panic because I want to give everything I have to the world, but I’m afraid that it won’t be enough.
That I won’t choose the right cause to give myself to.
That no matter what I do, everything might go to shit anyway.
I hate the fact that I could just look away and not care about all of the things wrong with my country, with the world as a whole.
I could trade my empathy for harsh words and ill-tempered judgments forged out of hatred.
But that would tear against every fiber of my being.
I think at some point in all of our lives, we’ve wished that a superhero would swoop in and make us feel safe.
Make us feel like no matter what happened, the world would be ok.
That’s naive though.
Naive and childish and weak.
And completely human.
And that’s why I think heroes are so important to us.
The most compelling movies and tales of heroes are not the ones that depict gods of immeasurable power taking on evil, but the stories of those who are fighting for their humanity.
Sometimes they win.
And sometimes they don’t.
That’s something that we can all relate to.
Life is all about that struggle, and the moment you cease to fight against the current is the moment you become a part of the problem.
Forgetting to care, to love, to bathe in the light of the world.
These are crimes against the soul.
When the hero gets up, again and again and again, we see what it is to be truly human.
Humanity is the refusal to accept any fate beyond the one that you choose for yourself.
I panic a little.
Then I realize that nobody can save me.
Nobody but myself.
I encourage you to follow this link, turn up the video quality, shut your eyes, and listen to the whole thing. Feel the song. Feel the struggle. Think about the worst day you have ever had. Then think about how you are still here. Think about the people who helped get you here. And don’t forget to give yourself some credit, because just showing up is half the fight, am I right?