a : a mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability
b : an illustrious warrior
c : a person admired for achievements and noble qualities
d : one who shows great courage
I bet you have what it takes to be a hero. Most likely you are your own hero. Pushing through the hardships and trials of life. I wish we could recognize that we are capable of being our own hero. This is where my yoga practice has assisted me. Yoga has given me so many gifts of friendship, laughter, new life path, faith in-self, patience, and a deeper inner reflection. In a recent yoga class, my teacher was bravely dealing with her own life trials and shared a beautiful quote from Tiny Buddha with our class,
“ One day it just clicks. You realize what’s important and what isn’t. You learn to care less about what other people think of you and more about what you think of yourself. You realize how far you’ve come and you remember when you thought things were such a mess they you would never recover. And you smile. You smile because you are truly proud of yourself and the person you’ve fought to become.”
My teacher’s ability to be vulnerable and human, taught each of us in her class this morning that it’s ok to be raw with emotion. She understands it is important to be that example of humanness. She understands she has to take care of herself when she gets stuck in the muck of life. Teaching is an outlet for her, a way to care for herself. She was an example of a hero to self and an model of strength.
One hero is not enough for anyone! We honor soldiers who sacrifice for us, teachers who put their lives at risk in classrooms, police officers who rush to our aid, friends who are on the other end of the phone for us, and then there is ourself. Smile, be proud, by this point in your life you probably braved so much. You are your hero too.