We at JFJ are proud to be a part of the Days of the Dead blog tour by the fantastic Gail Z. Martin. You’re going to love this guest post from her and if you want MORE (and we think you will) then you can find out about the blog tour and more at the bottom. Enjoy!
Let’s Hear it For Reluctant Heroes
– by Gail Z. Martin
I’ve always been a bit mistrustful of people who are in too much of a rush to be heroes. They’re a bit like Major Glory in Justice Friends, or Mighty Mouse, with his “Here I come to save the day!” When someone wants to be a hero too much, it makes me wonder if he’s the arsonist setting the fires so he can help put them out. Hey, I’m cynical.
Don’t get me wrong―I believe in heroes. Maybe more so than is currently fashionable. I think there are plenty of real heroes―first responders, military folks and their families, national guard, hospital personnel and plain-old-regular-Joes and Janes who see a bad situation and take responsibility to do what they can to fix it. They show us the best that humanity can be. And yes, by self-selecting those careers and training for them, they have “volunteered” to be heroes, in a certain sense. But real heroes don’t make sure they get their close-ups. They aren’t in it for the glory, and often, they’re the ones slipping away when the news crews show up.
We’ve seen the dark side of wanna-be heroes with trigger-happy cops and neighborhood watch patrols, cases of mistaken identity and bad assumptions, and the deadly effects of people who have watched a few too many Clint Eastwood movies. (“Do you feel lucky, punk? Well, do ya?”)
Which is why as an author, I tend to favor reluctant heroes. These are men and women who look around hoping there’s someone else to do what needs to be done, only to realize that it’s up to them. They have a hard choice to make, and they make it, stepping in to take action when they’d rather be anywhere else.