“Everyday heroes don’t let life’s challenges bring them down. Instead, they stay positive and find a way to overcome their obstacles. Everyday heroes don’t always succeed, but they consistently act on the belief that they can do something to improve their situations and those of the people around them.”
My husband sent me this quote many, many months ago. I saved it in my email inbox and find myself opening it – a lot. For one, it is a great source of encouragement. My husband considers me a hero – AMAZING. I don’t feel like a hero. I feel like someone who wears her heart on her sleeve, who can’t always keep her mouth shut and most recently, like someone who puts milk in the pantry because her ADD is out of control.
Now, I am opening it to be reminded of all of those everyday heroes that have changed my life. The heroes that wanted to improve my situation. I have a childhood riddled with people who improved my life – investors.
Marilyn Bowers was one of those investors. She lived across the street and her daughter was my very best friend. She took me in as one of her own, thrown in with three great kids. She introduced me to the concept of a Saturday night date with the family that involved grocery shopping and ice cream after. Her laughter was contagious. Her influence is seen in my home today. My daughter is reaping the benefits of my time as a Bowers family member. Eden had no idea in October when our family danced around the house to the “Monster Mash” it was because Marilyn made it a tradition. What a gift.
I also had the gift of a coach, Harold, that was willing to work with me night after night to be a ballplayer that averaged thirty-two points a game as a fifth grade basketball player. His investment as an everyday hero changed my mindset. I gained confidence in myself and my abilities. I never lost that confidence.
I could blog for a year and still not cover all of the everyday heroes that have crossed my path and changed my life. Everyday heroes are better than superheroes – they are real people doing real things. And I thank God for all of them.