I guess we all have heroes, people who we look up to as a model that we can aspire to.
They come in a range of forms.
They might be a family member - a sibling who always seems to do things right, a mom or dad who is there to make things right when you are a child, an uncle who made a break and shows up in a sports car when the rest of the world is struggling to pay the bills.
They might be a movie or TV star who looks or acts in a particular way. We often see these people picked out as role models for the young.
They might be someone who does something especially well - I have had several guitar heroes, for example!
But sooner or later, most of our heroes seem to let it slip. Family members turn out to me mere humans after all, movie stars turn into junkies, guitarists turn into egotistical jerks.
But whose fault is that? Surely, being a hero is a tough job, and sooner or later you are going to drop the ball (especially if you are a Quarterback!) Can you really blame a hero when he stops being one, or takes the job too seriously?
Is it our fault? Maybe we just reach a stage where this particular hero is not needed and we see them for what they are - mere humans!
So is it good to put these people on pedestals in the first place? Should we look at them and think "I want to be like that"? Or should we look for our own path in life and see where it takes us? Many people feel that the song "My Way" is a good epitaph to their lives, but how many of us really do it their own way? Very few, I suspect. Most of us follow in the footsteps of others, maybe even standing on their shoulders as they go a little further than their predecessors, but few actually cut their own path through the jungle of life.
But I guess this is as it should be.
For me, old heroes have faded and I don't seem to have many new ones turning up. Maybe it is time that I sharpened the machete and looked at the jungle a bit more closely?