Superheros are seen as people of fiction. These ordinary people with extraordinary talents spend their lives fighting crime and saving the day. We all dream about being a superhero, but just because you can’t fly or climb up walls doesn’t mean that you can’t be a superhero in real life. There are lots of ways that you can “save the day”. They don’t have to be anything major. You could do some community service, or volunteer at a food drive. Some acts could be small, like sitting with the lonely kid at lunch and just being a friend. You don’t have to be a hero to everyone, but the smallest act could make you a hero to someone. Someone could be suffering from depression, and feels like no one really cares about them. All it takes is you going up to them and just being a friend.
You could be the difference between life and death for someone, and that sounds like a superhero to me. Maybe someone new moves into your neighborhood, and you help them move their things. Such small acts of service can really make a difference. Of course there are also the big acts. You could run into a burning building and save a family. Odds are, thats never going to happen, so focus on the little things. They may just be one small drop in the bucket, but every drop counts. A great example of a real life superhero are police officers. They risk their lives everyday to protect their families and communities. No one forced them to do their jobs, they chose to do what they do, knowing what the risks are and not caring. The same goes with those in the military. They risk their lives to protect our rights and freedoms. If that doesn’t make them real life superheroes, then i don’t know what does.
I interviewed my uncle Wes, who is a police officer in Richfield, and asked him what he considered to be a real life superhero. He told me “A hero is someone who helps someone. They do what they do for the benefits of others, not themselves.” Simply standing up for your beliefs could make you a hero. Staying true to who you are and what you believe is not an easy task. Anyone could fall under peer pressure, but a real superhero stands up for what they believe and helps out their community in any way they can.
Being a real life superhero all starts with you. If you want to volunteer, but don’t know where to start, go to www.voaut.org. The Volunteers of America, Utah is a nonprofit organization with more than 150 paid staff who serve more than 10,000 people across the state. Their mission is to “Provide a bridge to self-reliance and health for vulnerable individuals and populations who struggle with homelessness, addiction and mental illness in our Wasatch Front communities.” Another great place to volunteer is the Rescue Mission of Salt Lake (www.rescuesaltlake.org). They help anyone who needs help through a bunch of programs. If you’re not able to take the time to volunteer, then you can donate. Even the small things help out. Everything little drop helps to fill that bucket. Make the world a better place. You don’t need the powers to be super. All you need is a good moral compass, and a passion to help the innocent. In the end, anyone can be a real life superhero, all you need to do is help your community.