We often dream of accomplishing great things. As kids, we are told stories of superheroes and people who go out of their way to protect the greater good. While we may not have the super strength, invulnerability, or great speed of many of the superheroes, we can still be heroes in our own right.
You Don’t Need Powers An inspirational story about true To Be A Hero heroism Short Story You Don’t Need Powers To Be A Hero A ndrew had been an avid skateboarder for years. While he seldom tried the more complicated tricks that other skaters pulled off, he was content to just ride around the block, seeing the sights and appreciating the glorious spring weather. He always listened to his music while he rode, with his music player programmed to include a random mix of songs. The shuffle function was a great convenience, because he could listen to a variety of genres and bands without fumbling with the device. Andrew planted his right foot on the ground and thrust it back, propelling his board forward and increasing his speed. The sidewalk was empty, giving him plenty of room to move without needing to worry about navigating around a crowd. As he passed by one of the local used bookstores, he saw something whisk by in his peripheral vision. Andrew turned to see a baby carriage rolling down the sidewalk on the other side of the street. A few yards behind it, a woman in high heels with large grocery bags in both hands raced after it. Andrew reached into his pocket and fumbled with his music player before taking it out to pause the song. With the music no longer blocking out the sound, he was able to hear her calling out for help. It took a second for the sight to register in Andrew’s brain. It was unusual, to be sure. A part of Andrew wanted to chuckle at the situation, but he thought better of it. While the road did have a slight decline, it wasn’t so steep that the carriage would hit a speed greater than a human’s. Between the shoes and the baggage, the woman couldn’t run fast enough to catch the runaway buggy. Andrew hit the play button on his music to hear the song he was listening to, but it faded to silence. Whether it was a sign from God or a bizarre coincidence, the next song to come up was John Williams’ classic theme to the Superman movies. 2 Andrew smirked as he jumped into action. His first obstacle was to get across the street. While the road wasn’t a busy highway, there were enough cars passing by to make it a challenge. Andrew weaved through the gaps between the halted cars and made his way across the street. Before he hit the curb, Andrew jumped his board, bringing it onto the sidewalk. He pushed his back foot down, bringing him to a stop. He then pivoted sideways so that he was facing the runaway carriage. From there, Andrew equalized the board and raced after the buggy. The carriage must’ve been high quality, or her husband must’ve replaced the wheels, because even on his board, he was having trouble catching up. Andrew finally did catch up to the carriage and reached out with his hand to grab the push handle. It took a few attempts, but his fingers finally managed to get a solid grip. Andrew leaned back so that the board was once again tilted upward. The heel of the board scraped the sidewalk and gradually brought them to a halt. The woman pursuing the carriage came up just as Andrew was taking the headphones out of his ears. She picked the baby up and held it against her tightly. She turned to Andrew with a gigantic smile on her face. “Thank you so much for catching it. I was trying to deal with so many things and the handle slipped. It’s like something out of a movie. A runaway baby carriage!” she said, out of breath. Andrew laughed and nodded. “You’re quite welcome. I’m happy to help.” Moral of the story: You can be a superhero if you keep your eyes open and notice the needs of those around you. 2 Personal Reflection You Don’t Need Powers To Be A Hero We often dream of accomplishing great things. As kids, we are told stories of superheroes and people who go out of their way to protect the greater good. While we may not have the super strength, invulnerability, or great speed of many of the superheroes, we can still be heroes in our own right. Some circumstances, like Andrew’s, come at the spur of the moment. A fellow human being finds himself in a bind and in need of help. Some chances to be a hero involve smaller than life and death matters. Perhaps someone’s car broke down and they merely need a phone to call a tow truck. You might think of it as just being a good Samaritan, but that’s being a hero to someone in their time of need. We all aspire to be heroes. We may lack superpowers that’d make the job easier, but we can certainly still help! Find a cause and be its champion. Superman fights for truth, justice, and the American way. In that same capacity, we too can fight for a cause we believe in. There are several charities and other organizations dedicated to helping those in need. You can support the cause either by donating money or volunteering your time. If you’re willing to get involved in a cause that means something to you, you can leave your mark by helping others and become a true hero. Self-Reflection Questions: 1. What people, fictional or non-fictional, do I look up to? 2. What cause do I feel passionate about and want to fight for? 3. Are there any organizations that fight for the same cause I do? More Inspiration Visit http://www.TheRealMikeGriffin.com for more inspiration. Click here and learn to achive your dreams. 2
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