Superhero’s. When we think of them, we automatically think of the suits, the capes, and the flying powers. But not all hero’s have a suit made of iron, some are the people we’re closest to, and sometimes we don’t even realise that they are the real hero’s in our lives.
My aim through describing the qualities of my personal superhero is to make you think about who is yours. For me, it is somebody who vows to protect everybody around him. He is always there to take in the shopping from the car, to pick me up from school, to put together a shelf or to simply sit watching daytime TV with. These small things; small moments we share together make him so special. I think the quality in my hero which I admire so greatly is his willingness to do anything to make others happy. He holds so much love for others within his heart, and although it may be shown in the form of ridiculous jokes and the annoying habit to distract me when I’m concentrating on writing an article or School work for example, it all just makes him more lovable.
If you haven’t thought who is my ‘real life superhero’, then imagine a time when you have felt so blue, but have managed to crack a smile. Who was it made you smile?; who made the pain lessen for even a short moment?; who works tirelessly to make sure you experience the very best of life?. If you can think of anybody who matches these descriptions, they are your hero.
Another tiny, precious moment that makes me realise just how ‘super’ my hero is, is when I’m simply just sat in the same room and I look over at him in his chair, watching a game show, trying to answer the questions to boost his ego, and I smile. Even when we don’t talk. Just being in the same room as this person, hearing his voice, makes me feel so complete.
In this pandemic it has been difficult for us all, and treasuring the people In our lives has been one of the most vital lessons learned. I have realised that the most annoying of comments; jokes made; hugs embraced; laughs exchanged; conversations held;, bags carried; episodes of ‘Tipping Point’ watched are some of the best of life’s moments. Please consider some of these tiny details about people, be more observant and mindful of those times you share with a certain person, because later in life you’ll eventually look back and be regretful of not appreciating how precious they are. I will never take for granted the visceral feeling of excitement I have when I see his car parked outside school on a Friday to pick me up when he’s not at work.
Although we may not always admit just how important this person and the time spent with them is, we should try and make it our aim to express it more because when you think about it, nothing can compare to them. Everybody we know has different traits, making different memories. But certain people, and certain memories are just unmatchable. That somebody who gives you that constant ubiquitous feeling whenever you’re with them is somebody to be considered as a hero.
Maybe for you it’s somebody who has the stereotypical traits of a fictional superhero: protective, selfless, caring, can save the world…Or maybe it’s somebody who just simply lights up your world. It might be a person who stood by you through your toughest times. It could be your mum, your dad, your auntie, your best friend, a celebrity even, or it could even be yourself. My hero presents himself in many forms. He lives up to the ‘hero’ title, ‘best friend’ title, the ‘dad’,/‘husband’ title, he most of all lives up to the title he is called by all of his 5 grandchildren, ‘Grampy’. He has saved me in many different ways, loved me at all points in my life, been my biggest inspiration for writing and has never once not made me proud to be his granddaughter.
Maybe your hero is here. Maybe they’re not. But, wherever they are, appreciate them today, love them tomorrow and be inspired to save somebody just like they did to you.
This article is dedicated to my Grampy who is my rock and my world and I truly wouldn’t know what to do without him. Happy 65th Birthday. I love you! Continue ‘rocking all over the world’ gramps.
Article by Young Reporter Grace Trippett
First published in Grimsby Telegraph 16th March 2021