I was watching this video just a minute ago and had some tears thinking of people protecting others, loving them so selflessly and trying their hardest to control a situation that had spun wildly out of control.
“It’s almost like an impulsive act… they just had to do it.”
We love our super heroes, don’t we? They excite us, give us hope for a better world, and when we read about them or watch them on screen we feel taken to another place where we feel braver and less worried about the horribles the world can throw at us.
When I read and hear about this kind of REAL people, people jumping in front of bullets for each other or sticking around when they easily could have gone toward the exit, I feel braver… don’t you? I feel less afraid of the horribles.
Let us hold these people on pedestals even higher than the ones our Olympians have been standing on.
I truly believe keeping our faith in each other and in humanity is the only way we can all get through this together. Don’t let the media pick and choose what to tell us about our world. Seek out the good stories. The single mom putting her kids through college. The little girl selling lemonade & cookies for the local children’s hospital. The fire fighters saving the cat from the tree. The preacher that built his church from the ground to thousands of members. The people traveling to other countries to provide aid. The person paying for people’s coffee to surprise them. The teacher working late so her children will have a great curriculum for the year. The therapist taking on the sadness of others to lighten their load. The best friend coming in the middle of the night when you’re sick and scared. The husband kissing the wife’s head while she labors. The little boy standing up for his friend on the playground. The teenager taking a deep breath and deciding to tell someone she’s sad. The volunteers at the food bank. The person that actually allows that guy to work for food. The couple fighting for their marriage to make it through the turmoil. The couple fighting to have the right to marry.
The super heroes living among us. They’re everywhere. Do not let them be overshadowed. We need these people to hold onto our humanity. So to the victims in the Colorado shooting that displayed beautiful acts of courage, thank you.