Credit Where It Is Due..

...I am a lucky man... truly lucky.. I have had the honor - so far, in my short life... to have had the pleasure of meeting some people who are the genuine article... some black... some white.... some men... some women.. but, outstanding individuals all the same... people that, when I talk to them, I'm inspired.... people who, as I watch them work, play, speak, or write... make me want to be a better person... hell, I try to live my life as best I can... and I, like most, never really think I've hit the nail on the head yet...

..then, I see these people who are my idols... my ideal.. my heroes... and, suddenly... as I stand in awe of them, I realize that they have cracks... just like me.. cracks in their shells of life... gaps in their armor... we aren't perfect, no matter what others may think of us... and neither are our idols... they are just men and women... teachers and musicians.... friends and lovers... and, they have their own devils to deal with... just like us...

..I guess it all has to do with degrees, maybe…

..when I was growing up, one of my heroes was Mike Soscia… he played Catcher for the Dodgers… at the time, my Little League team was called the Dodgers.. and, I played Catcher…hell, every kid I knew wanted to play Baseball in the Pros.., heh.. I wanted to be just like “Mike” back before it meant Jordan…. later, when I was in the Corps, Chesty Puller and “Red” Mike Edson became my heroes… but, in a different way… deep down, I knew I’d never have the guts… or the opportunity… to do anything remotely like they had…

…I suppose, as we age, we begin to respect different qualities in our “Heroes”… Puller’s son joined the Corps as well… lost his legs in Vietnam… Chesty was the man, but he had some cracks…. Edson? He went into the fire… life took too much from him, I guess… Are they still my Heroes?… oh, HELL yes….but, lately, I have come to be inspired by different things… not by leading a Division… not by charging a machine gun nest…. but, instead… by different displays of bravery… the little bits of everyday bravery that I see in my life all around me….

.today, I saw someone handle the personal stress of a situation so well, that they now rank as one of my Heroes… what did they do? ….they faced a situation that was uncertain… a situation that, with a roll of the dice, could change their life… and they didn’t buckle… they maintained a steady course, and got the job done… I sat right there and watched it all unfold… and, it was a magnificent thing to watch… truly incredible... I was prouder of them at that moment… than I have been for ANYTHING or ANYONE in a very long time…. Thanks for the show today… you have inspired me..

by Eric on February 05, 2004 | Comments(0) | SWG Stories
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