When I was eleven years old, my big brother was graduating high school, getting ready to go off to college, and he received a year book entitled, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” You know, from the Dr. Seuss book.
And I remember feeling that pang of longing, which now still pops up every time I see pictures of a beautiful place I’ve never been, or hear a friend tell a story of an adventure they’ve had. Do you know the one I mean?
Well, I finally did grow up and I have had adventures and seen far off lands. In fact, I’ve just returned home after spending six months in England and another two in Namibia. And it was incredible. But now I am home and that ache, that longing, is back. You know why I think that is?
Because we were made to do great things.
I have loved heroes for as long as I can remember. I think everyone does. Even villains are their own heroes. My favorite movies as a kid included Indiana Jones, The Three Musketeers, the Jackie Chan films. (Female protagonists in adventure films were few and far between.)
I believe we all ache to be a part of something great, something important. But in the day to day distractions of life, we push that ache somewhere out of the way, until suddenly, those embers of desire that have been smoldering deep inside you, burst into flame again, yelling “DO SOMETHING AWESOME!”
In one of my favorite shows, Dr. Who, our hero addresses the notion of an unimportant person with an incredulous: “Blimey! That’s amazing! You know that in 900 years of time and space I’ve never met anyone who wasn’t important before.” That’s the truth of it.
You are important! Did you know?
So, I’ve decided that the world has enough mediocrity, I don’t need to add to it. Therefore, I’m going to do my best to live heroically, and I invite you to do the same. I don’t mean that I’m devoting my life to feeding refugees in Somalia, (although those who do certainly are heroes!). I mean that I am going to try to live my life without regret. Serve others. Cultivate relationships. Create beautiful things. Be thankful. Do my part to change the world around me.
We see enough of injustice, enough of ugly, hateful things. I’m going to celebrate heroes, and hopefully inspire others to live more extraordinary lives. Want to join me on this brave new adventure?