Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound – these are all descriptions of individuals with superhuman powers. Although these are fictional attributes, Saline County is full of unsung heroes that possess real-life abilities and have accomplished wonderful things that deserve the spotlight. These seemingly ordinary residents of our community do the extraordinary with no desire for fame, and all too often fly under the radar.
Stan Lee, a revered American comic book legend said, “A superhero is a person who does heroic deeds and has the ability to do them in a way that a normal person couldn’t.” This issue of Saline County Lifestyles will bring you example after example of individuals who didn’t need magical powers or a goofy spandex suit to facilitate change and make the impossible possible.
A hero is defined as a person who is admired for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. They can be our neighbors, our friends, or our family members. They can be soldiers, musicians, or athletes. Whether their life’s work is keeping criminals off the street or motivating and expanding young minds by teaching in the classroom, it’s their actions and not their job that makes them heroic. By definition, anybody can be someone’s hero.
You don’t have to be a caped crusader to make a difference. The lyrics of Alesso’s song “Heroes” remind us that heroes are “everyday people doing everyday things…we can be heroes, me and you.” Real-life heroes are not defined by their superpowers. Anyone of us can be the light in someone else’s darkness or the helping hand for those in need. Just think what kind of year 2018 could be if we all resolved to make this our goal! Your town. Your life. Your magazine.