Am I a Hero?
As I dive into “The Hero Within” by Carol S. Pearson, I find myself asking this question. According to Pearson, heroes are those who notice the crappy parts of society and do something about it instead of complaining.
This doesn’t need to be a big action (although it can be), but it does need to be an action taken to make a change for the better. Imagine the coffee station at work. Is it always messy? A hero is someone who says I am going to clean it, not someone who complains that no one ever cleans it.
Or maybe you’re a student and there’s a kid everyone picks on. Are you the person who stands up and says, “HEY, leave them alone!” or do you just walk away thinking about how messed up the whole situation is.
Pearson says there are always people who will try to maintain the status quo, or avoid change. These are people who have denied their own heroic journeys. They don’t want to see you change things, not because they are evil, but because they weren’t brave enough to do what you are doing.
Consider the hero in your story. Are they someone who always complains? Does this change as they begin to take steps on their journey? Your hero shouldn’t just complain about the world, they should be someone who takes action to change it.
Over the next few weeks, I will continue to unpack “The Hero Within” by Carol S. Pearson to help you develop the hero in your story. If you would like to follow this journey be sure to follow Storic. As always, happy writing!