Monday, 17 November 2014

Hero. . .

Today's blog post is dedicated to all my friends who have shown me their inner heroes.

I've talked about Mariah Carey before in a previous blog post - Make it happen.
Today we focus on Hero and the need for us to look inside ourselves to find a hero - rather than looking to others to save us.

There's a hero if you look inside your heart
You don't have to be afraid of what you are
There's an answer if you reach into your soul
And the sorrow that you know will melt away




And then a hero comes along
With the strength to carry on
And you cast your fears aside 
And you know you can survive
So when you feel like hope is gone
Look inside you and be strong 
And you'll finally see the truth
That a hero lies in you

Do you get annoyed if you're constantly saving people?  Are you always the person that receives those bat signals when friends or family are in dire straits and you're called upon to save the day?  You're probably fed up with trying to solve people's problems, particularly when you spend most of your life making the right choices, trying not to be a burden to others and doing as much as you can to protect others from harm.  You probably spend a lot of your time protecting people from themselves as well, even if they don't know it yet.

It's a long road, when you face the world alone
No one reaches out a hand for you to hold
You can find love, if you search within yourself
And the emptiness you felt will disappear

There's that old adage of people who go looking for love in the wrong places.
We can't go around seeking love from others to validate who we are as people.  We must think about how much we value ourselves, reflect on our own self-worth.  But I guess it's all part of life, part of growing up, part of discovering your mettle, what you're made of, what you're capable of doing (or not doing) and if you do need heroes, you'll realise in time that the strongest hero you needed was inside yourself the entire time.  It reminds me of Dorothy with her ruby red slippers.  All she needed to get home, she had with her the whole time.

Lord knows, dreams are hard to follow
But don't let anyone tear them away
Hold on, there will be tomorrow
In time, you'll find a way

The biggest thing to remember with this one is to try as much as possible to steer well clear from potential dreamkillers - people and situations that threaten to squash your dreams.  I mean, no human in their right mind would associate themselves with individuals or people that stop them from succeeding.  If you are - get yourself out of there.  It's almost like you have to extricate yourself from that toxic situation with the precision of a military operation.

And then a hero comes along
With the strength to carry on
And you cast your fears aside 
And you know you can survive
So when you feel like hope is gone
Look inside you and be strong 
And you'll finally see the truth
That a hero lies in you

I hope that you find your inner hero.  It will take a lot of time, most likely many times of heartache, loss and betrayal before you can celebrate this inner hero.  It might be a good idea stop saving people, even from themselves, but maybe even show your regular damsels in distress, that they need to start doing it for themselves, that you might not necessarily be there to pick them up each time they fall.  We can only do so much for others.  If we can't save ourselves, how can we hope to save others?
For some of us, we have no heroes lie next to us anymore, but we have them within us.