I’m not going to portray myself as a writer professionally. It’s like a talent that refuses to be controlled, tamed, or trained. Whenever I write, I can’t plan it, it just has to come. I just get…inspired.
Well, this time I was inspired by a holiday. It’s a relatively new holiday in Bermuda known as National Heroes Day. Its purpose is for us to learn about, remember, and celebrate those people who worked to create a better life for the people of Bermuda.
As I read the newspaper article (AKA, skimmed. I’d be lying if I said I seriously READ most of the articles) about the men who were to be honoured this year, it occurred to me that I only had a passing knowledge of one of them, yet they affect my life today. And as I lay in bed this morning thinking about what “National Heroes Day” really meant, this statement came to mind. It was really only going to be a sentence, but as I started to post it on Facebook, it grew from there. I later turned it into a note, and added the intro. For some reason, any extra thoughts I have about something usually go into explaining it. Like the above.
Anyway, here we go.
I wrote this statement thinking about the significance of National Heroes Day. I posted it in the group “Together For Bermuda” but since not everyone I know is a part of that group, I wanted everyone to see it, as it applies to all of us, not just Bermudians. We’ve all had times when we feel helpless, and times when we forget what a priviledge we ALL have, in having those who’ve come before us. Whether you knew them or not, there was someone who made it possible for you to have potential, to have a destiny.
This past week, I graduated seven students. Five were girls. Three were Portuguese. Two were Black. All are Bermudian by family, if not by place of birth. All of these children have bright futures, because of heroes they don’t yet know of, and most of whom they will never meet. But also, because they have heroes in their lives every day, working to create an even brighter future for all of them. Despite all of the turmoil we are living in today, it’s things like this that give me Hope.
This is a call for us all; don’t just bask in the rewards of Heroes. Become a hero for someone else.
On this National Heroes Day, let us take a moment not only to remember those who we honour today, but those heroes in your life whose names may never be celebrated in the news, written in history, or spoken of by many. Whether someone is a hero for one or many, the world you know is a better place because of them.
Let us follow their example and strive to be a hero for others. Let us stand up for those who are downtrodden; those who are in need of a hand, a shoulder, an ear, a voice. Let us give of ourselves, and not let their work, their sacrifice, their dream of a better place for us to live in; let it not be in vain.
Stand proud. Stand strong. Stand determined. Stand knowing that you can accomplish so much more than you may think, because those who came before you did what they did for a reason. They did what they did because they believed in you. They paved a road for us to walk on, and to build on. Let us go forward, together, for that is how we will truly honour them.