Heroes, #401

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Last night, as I watched the opening ceremony for the Olympics, I couldn’t help but empathize with the hundreds of athletes as they walked into the Olympic stadium waving their flags proudly with cell phones in hand snapping photo after photo.  They were grinning from ear to ear, and even a million miles away through a tv set, I could feel their excitement.  As the United States walked in, Paul McCartney was playing “Hey Jude,” and I imagined myself in their shoes looking out into an audience where the Queen and the Princes and Princess Kate were sitting.  It was so overwhelming, and I really felt so much happiness for all of them.

Among Team USA, however, were Kobe Bryant and Lebron James, and I couldn’t help but wonder why these two professional athletes were permitted to be a part of the basketball dream team.  Aren’t Olympians supposed to be amateurs?  I’m really not sure what the answer is to this, so if any of my blog readers want to chime in with their opinions or knowledge on the subject, please do so.  I will say this, however….seeing them among the other athletes didn’t seem right to me.  Am I to believe they’ll be staying in the Olympic Village with the others in their dorm room-like atmosphere?  Seems unlikely!

So…the point of my blog today is really the question, “What makes a hero?”  Many think of celebrities as being heroes.  I am just as caught up in pop culture as everybody else is, but to me, someone does not become a hero just because they are in the lime light.  A hero is someone who gives of them selflessly….like a soldier who has died fighting for their country.  A hero is someone who has made incredible contributions to the world….like Steve Jobs or the guy they showed us in the opening ceremony last night who created the World Wide Web.  Finally, a hero is someone who has worked tirelessly towards a goal and has defied all odds…like an Olympian.

As Great Britain walked into the Olympic Stadium last night, they were playing David Bowie’s song “Heroes,” and it was a perfect song for the moment.  Today, I am tipping my hat to these young athletes who have come so far and are reaching for gold.  I don’t have a competitive bone in my body, but the Olympic athletes strike a chord deep within me, and I am cheering along!  Hope you enjoy Bowie’s “Heroes” today.  Here’s the link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tgcc5V9Hu3g  Hope you all have a great Saturday with a little dream of heroism in your hearts.

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