What Makes a Hero?

“What makes a hero? Courage, strength, morality, withstanding adversity? Are these the traits that truly show and create a hero? Is the light truly the source of darkness or vice versa? Is the soul a source of hope or despair? Who are these so called heroes and where do they come from? Are their origins in obscurity or in plain sight?”
~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky


To be or not be, the questions is not whether your skin touches another but it is whether you are living. The question is not whether you are exhaling and inhaling but whether you are breathing. We as humans live our lives on repeat. Eat, sleep, repeat. This formula circulates through our brains, it lives within us. We all do it, we dismiss life, love, appreciation, we are just surviving. We take life for granted, we do not appreciate that we were given the opportunity to make a difference, to change, to be. We go through our lives surviving, not living.

Plain sight

We have come up with this system in our minds that we have to follow social standards, hide in shadows, keep our heads down, and follow commands. But sometimes the best places to hide are plain sight. My dear you can do so much by living in plain sight, you can live, you can love, you can appreciate, you can be. By living in plain sight you break free from standards of society. You will glow with vibrant colors, you will create this new perspective of a world you want to live in, a world you are proud to live in. By living in plain sight you are not only exhaling and inhaling you are breathing.

I came to the realisation that I was stuck in this system of surviving. I was not appreciating the things around me, I was hiding in the shadows and I was dismissing what was in front of my eyes. Eleanor Roosevelt once said “Do one thing every day that scares you”.  By doing one thing a day that scares you, you are now not only living but you are living in plain sight. By living in plain sight we are no longer following the norm.


We don’t have to put on this mask that everyone wears. We are all wearing masks, not for ourselves but for others, we show brave faces and smile our way through the day. By living in plain sight you no longer need to wear a mask. By living in plain sight you are not just another person in the crowd, you are the crowd, you are not just inhaling and exhaling, you are breathing. So what does make a hero? I think a hero is someone living in plain sight.