The unsung heroes

There are many unknown heroes in the world today, more so in our own country. People sing the praises of great activists, soldiers, Nobel Prize winners; yet somehow, we seemingly forget the heroes in our own lives, in our community or even neighbourhood.

Unsung heroes are rarely prominent for they do not share the ‘hall of fame’ that world renowned heroes occupy. Never in their life have they received accolades, titles or medals for their acts; but what is admirable is that they don’t sulk or mourn about it. Frankly, they don’t even care: what matters to them are the people they help, the lives they touch. Their acts of kindness and love, bravery, the little bit of light they shine in the darkness makes a world of difference to somebody’s life.

Today, while all eyes and ears tune in to the world cup and hearty fans herald and cheer on their cricket heroes, there are many working tirelessly on the sidelines, rebuilding homes, painting pre-schools, changing lives and visiting flood victims.

True heroism lies in the hearts of unique individuals like the unsung heroes: those who understand the degree of responsibility that comes with freedom; those who do not seek praise, titles, fame or status; those who engage in voluntary acts to help under-privileged people and set up ‘blazing torches in the dark streets of life’. As Peggy Noonan puts it, “most people aren’t appreciated enough, and the bravest things we do in our lives are usually known only to ourselves.”

Do we take the time to appreciate the heroes in our lives? Look around: they are everywhere- in our schools, workplaces, neighbourhoods, communities, volunteer groups. Mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters, friends and volunteers, these are the unsung heroes of society. They may not receive rewards for their efforts but they are driven to do what they do out of a willing and compassionate heart. To them, no reward is greater than the smiling faces of people they have helped, the appreciation of fellow friends, team members and the unspoken gratitude of you and me.

Take the time to appreciate the heroes in your life. They may be among you or unknown to you; unseen yet always taking the step to change lives and society around them- unaware that they are unforgettably extraordinary.

STITCH is a youth movement committed to educate, advocate, empower and network for social change through youth volunteerism and activism. For more information on how you can get involved or on the work we do please email ivolunteer@stitchmovement.com or visit www.stitchmovement.com.

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