What makes a hero?

Someone who is selfless?

Someone who is selfish?

Someone who stands and fights or waits for a moment to make a substantial change?

Is it someone who lives to the best of their ability doing what they believe is right? Or someone who lived most of their life doing wrong before having a life-changing moment and only then doing what is right to make up for all those ‘wasted years?’

Are any years wasted?

Your past does not define who you are, but it does shape you. You can control that shaping to some degree when you decide what to take with you and what to let go.

Even then, it’s not quite so easy as I would make it sound with my words.

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.

–Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955)


There are people who are good people, but not heroes. There are heroes that are good heroes, but not good people.

Don’t take from someone else, what you yourself have lost.
In giving me a chance, I won’t let you down!
Getting one more moment to make my choice
Not giving up no matter how many times I fall down.
It’s not so simple as people make it sound,
There is more to doing right than just being right.
You don’t live just once, you live multiple times because each life can be a moment.

For me, when you give others moments of dignity, moments where they can be more than what they were, that is when you can become a hero.

This post was doubly inspired by Dungeon Prompts and the Light and Shade Challenge.