Kate Lawlor

Human Heroes: How to be Extraordinary Every Day

Okay, I’ll admit it: I’m a nerd.

Not that it’s that hard to tell… The superhero t-shirts and obsession with secret agents might be a hint. I spent all of my early childhood wishing I could be whisked away into another land, with dragons and knights and fairies and princesses.

All right, maybe I still do. But who doesn’t? Everybody wants to be a hero, to be legendary, to be the fairest in the land and the bravest of them all. Not to mention hold the heart of a dashing prince (or football star, for those of you whose noses aren’t forever buried in the Lord of the Rings.) The point is, we all wish we could be somewhere other than where we are doing great things and changing the world.

Well, here’s a wake up call for everyone, including myself: IT’S NOT GONNA HAPPEN.

What makes us, the ordinary high schoolers, heroes is what we do every day, even when nobody is watching. So you think it would be easier to be brave if you didn’t have to do it in front of those guys who already think you’re weird? Well, get over it. Yes, it would be easier to do great things if we could fly, or if we had other superpowers. But that’s never going to happen, so we have to make do with what have.

Here’s a really great quote from Fr. Solanus Casey:

“Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks — then the doing of your work shall be no miracle but you shall be a miracle.”

It’s time for us princesses to climb down from our towers, princes to jump on their noble steeds and fight the good fight, no matter who is watching. Instead of waiting for superman to help that girl get through her day, get up and be superman yourself, cape or no cape. Because in the end, it’s not who we are underneath, but that we do that defines us.

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Kate Lawlor

About the Author

My name is Kate Lawlor, I'm 15 and a freshman in high school. I go to St. John Bosco parish, and my favorite saint is St. Catherine of Alexandria. I like to read, write, hang out with friends, go to youth group, and be outside. I have a mild obsession with chocolate, action movies, and all things Disney. I can't whistle or snap, and can usually found driving the struggle bus. The most played song on my iPod is probably Radioactive by Imagine Dragons or something from the Hairspray soundtrack!