I have a fear of making people into heroes. As John Green wrote, “What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person.” It’s treacherous for us, as the people who have illusions shattered when a hero is inevitably imperfect, and it’s treacherous for the other person, who fails at the impossible task of living up to unrealistic expectations.
So, Lauren, I will not call you a hero. I won’t even quite call you a role model or an inspiration. I will instead just say thank you for being the kind of human who can inspire and frustrate and sweat and cry, because that’s the kind of human I want to be. Read more >>