Shifting Heroism

Who is my Hero? And why?

It was a struggle trying to identify that ONE person whom I have idolized as a Hero or Heroine. But, am I the same person that I was a couple of years ago? Have my values, ideals and dreams changed? Modification, Revision and Transformation are very specific terms, that describe a specific process, but Change is the only constant flow in life.

When we claim to know a person well, we claim to know the history of that person known to us.
Are we sure that s/he has not changed in the moment just before this one?

This is supported by our belief that there is no logical reason for the person to change his stance in a given set of time and circumstances.

• Are we such fickle beings that change without any stimulus or provocation ?
• Are we so rigid to follow a given structure throughout our lives, oblivious to the changes in the environment?
• Is there a defined moment in time, when a shift in stance occurs, or does it evolve over a period of time?
• Is time the appropriate measure to be used for the shift, or is it the shift in thinking, which qualifies as a point of no return ?
• Is it good or bad to change, if you can justify the stance to yourself.


Our mindsets. The concept of heroism is defined by our value system. It is what we aspire to be. But experience is the constant shaper of our beliefs and value systems.

Broadly, the shift occurs at different stages in life as described, though, the process is unique to each life and each individual.


Our dreams shape our heroes. We may aspire to be a scientist, the President of a country, an actor or a business tycoon.


The concept of heroism is as transient, as the thinking processes in this stage of life. Rebels (with or without a cause) fire the imagination like none other. The hippie culture or any other comparable movement was spawned by adolescents that refused to grow up.

Rebellion is a sign of a child fighting to be seen as who they are.


Dreams and rebellion are the driving force, but the concepts have been transformed. Creativity, innovation, experiment, trailblazing instincts are the hallmark of heroes at this stage in life.

Actors, royals, artists, sports persons, start-up achievers are the icons at this stage.


I will refrain from associating the term ‘crisis’ with this word. This is the most productive phase in life, when imagination is reined by practicality, creativity is driven by knowledge and experience, stability and durability are the cornerstones for innovation. Change that lasts long enough to be effective is held in high esteem.

Rebellion gives way to Revolution. Our heroes are those that have a successful track record, and show the potential to last for some more time. Standing up for a cause matters, not mindless movements. Leaders in any field, thinkers and philosophers are the heroes at this stage. Respect is the ruling emotion, rather than infatuation or admiration. This stage is beautifully expressed in the following line :

The second identity crisis is at midlife when you must give up who you think you are, so you can become who you were meant to be. ( Source :

Sunset stage

Sunsets are a mellower version of the same colors that ruled the beginning of life. Apparently, the Sun has cut through clouds and winds, to reach its destination. Actually, the Sun has remained where it is, despite the planetary movements around it. Survival is the key word. Philosophy is driven by celebration of success and an acceptance of change ( on the positive side), and remorse or regret ( on the negative side).

The icons are the figures who have been pioneers in their day and age, and have left indelible marks on world history.

Behind every scar, there is an untold story of survival.


WITH FEW EXCEPTIONS, the buildings we occupy are rigid and stationary. This is generally a good thing. After all, no one wants an office tower toppling over with a big gust of wind. But what we gain in stability, we lose in flexibility and adaptability. As buildings become smarter and more responsive to their internal environment, it stands to reason that the architecture should be somewhat responsive, too. .… Liz Stinson

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Reena Saxena

Reena Saxena is an Image & Success Coach/Trainer by profession, and a blogger/writer by choice.

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