Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Where have all the good men gone ...

...and where are all the gods?
Where’s the streetwise Hercules
to fight the rising odds?

I need a hero...

Yesterday I read a post in which the blogger reminisced about old TV programmes like Night Rider, Buck Rogers, MacGyver, Airwolf etc.

I thought about it again as I started to make my way home after work. It struck me that I do not have a hero and I really felt like I should have one... like when I was little. I mean, Buck Rogers and Steve Austin - Die Man van Staal (The Six Million Dollar Man) – they were my ultimate heroes.

When did I stop having heroes and why?

Why should it be different now that I am nearly 38? I thought about it long and hard, and the issue really bothered me a lot. I then decided from now on I am going to have heroes again and I chose the 1st 3. In no particular order I chose as follows:

- Riaan Cruywagen. He has been reading the news since I was pre-school. I promise. All you Saffers will know that I am not exaggerating. He is such a gentleman, with his stupid jokes at the end of the news and all, and his slightly too green eye make-up and his toupee. I mean, like how old is he?

- Miles Vorkosigan. My favourite SciFi character from my favourite SciFi author – Lois McMaster Bujold. One cannot describe Miles, you have to read the books.

- Natalie du Toit. For obvious reasons.

What purpose will it serve for me having heroes? I don’t know, but I feel better for having heroes again...

What about everybody else? Do you still have heroes?


Anonymous said...

Heroes or role models are always a good thing to have...they make you strive to better yourself :)

Tamara said...

Haas Das!

I miss the Sci-fi channel on DSTV. They used to screen Six Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman, Quantam Leap and the original Battlestar Galactica. Awesome stuff.

My childhood hero was a weird cartoon dude called Bravestarr - the leading character in this weird Western show set in space.

I'd have to think about possible heroes as an adult. My granddad is definitely one.

Julia said...

I can't remember my heroes. I think I also liked Macgyver and the Airwolf guy. And I loved those guys from the A-team.
I really do not know who I consider my heroes today. Going to have to think some more about this one.

Hardspear said...

Arkwife - yes, therefor they need to be chosen carefully

Tamara & Julia - glad I'm not the only one who had to think about it.

Patchwork said...

I guess my hero would be some Michellin starred chef. But I haven't really thought about it. I admire a lot of people though. Ordinary people.

Spear The Almighty said...

I look at my Hero everyday in the mirror. :)

Sally-Jane said...

I had to do the hero thing for the 30 days meme and not only could I not think of one that let me down I could not think of any that I had at the moment at all. I think I tend to have real people in my life that I can identify with but not someone like a movie or sports star.

Angel said...

I think we learn the truth about the people we believe are heroes as we grow up, so we don't see the reson to keep them on pedestals anymore.