A few years ago there was a blog that was all the rage. I went and checked it out, left 1 comment and forgot about it. It just wasn't for me. Suddenly I am getting email alerts from this blog that seems to have become a phenomenon or something. The email states that I signed up for this alert. deleted it and went on my merry way. Suddenly I get another email and another, I finally unsubscribe to the service. I only made one comment a few years ago! Never signed up for this.
It seems that this person has become a little famous. A hero of sorts because he decided to ride a bike and turn off his lights while living in the city. What did this really accomplish? He can live in the dark. . . ohhh awww. So now there is a book and a movie. Nope not upset, annoyed a little, but it doesn't really impact me at all. Just something I was chewing over.
We have heroes. Celebrities that probably shouldn't be talking if it isn't in their scripts, and celebrities that actually do wonderful things outside of a studio that are humble enough not to seek out platitudes for their deeds.
We have talented athletes, that show us their amazing abilities and gracefulness. Some quietly give back to the community that supports them, while others. . . well we have all heard the stories.
And time after time books and movies come out about them. Which is all fine and dandy. But my heroes, the movies that come out about them is either because of a green movement idea or localvores greed. And time and time again they are made to look stupid.
I would love to see a real movie. Something that shows all the heart and soul of my heroes. Be it a documentary or a life and times. I know I will never see my heroes on the big screen. But I read them everyday and imagine how things will be for them. They enlighten me, entertain me, show me their strength and weaknesses. I know their children, I know their pets, I know their spouses. And no, they are not every day people. These are the less then 2% of the US. A small group that has hearts larger than life.
I don't think one should be famous for something that thousands of people do because they have no choice. I have walked for miles, been without heat or fresh running water. I have had to cook my food outside or just eat it raw. This does not impress me. But I am happy for them, and the others that find joy in what they have accomplished.
What impresses me is the hard work that some families do, with each other, and enjoy every single minute of it. Even when the stories brings tears to your eyes, joy shines in there some where.
Obviously my mother. I would love to see someone do her story. Grew up in California to a typical suburban family, hippie and card carrying Communist s a teen. Pregnant too young, homeless. Her band opened for Iron Butterfly, she played with Frank Zappa's kids. Sang with some famous jazz/blues singers, and watch Tina Turner lock Ike out of the Studio one night. She raised 2 of her children as Marxists, the other two as Christians. She rose from an abusive relationship to find joy and hope in life.
My Movie list would read;
The Back Forty
Free Range Living
The Unusually Unusual Farm Chick
The Ward House
Coffee with the Hermit
Ran with the Devil, Walked with the Angels.
Some of these blog writer have shared their lives with me for almost 5 years. Sometimes it is easy to Forget I have never really met them.
How would your list read?