Who is a hero who has let me down?
I don’t have any heroes. I mean, not real ones. I have superheroes. Superman. The Flash. Martian Manhunter. Plastic Man. All fictional characters with qualities that I try to espouse.
But I don’t have any heroes. I admire a few people, but I do a horrible job of learning from people. Part of it is my ego – I know that I’m smarter than most people, so it’s hard for me to consider anyone a hero. The other part is just the fact that unless I’m madly in love with someone and wearing love goggles, I’m always acutely aware of someone’s flaws.
There have been people with skills that I don’t have. I wish I could sing, dance, play an instrument, or know innately how to fix something. I’m jealous of people who can do those things, and I try to emulate them, but I wouldn’t consider them heroes.
I’ve also learned that there are very few people, if any, that I can count on completely. In order to have a hero who could let me down, I’d have to have faith in someone to such a degree that they could let me down at all.
The only person I can count on is myself. The only person who I want to be is the better me inside who I know is there. I’m my own hero, and it’s my goal never to let myself down.