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We all need a hero

Who are your heroes?

Do you idolize Harriet Tubman for her incredible bravery? Do you have a relative who stormed the beaches of Normandy? Do you know and love a firefighter?

We all have people we look up to for the ways they’ve changed our world whether large or small. Identifying our personal heroes can tell us a lot about who we are and who we hope to become.

When you identify someone as a hero, you’re naming them as someone whose traits you’d like to emulate. You’re putting them on a proverbial pedestal as someone whose actions are so profound they deserve to be preserved and known perhaps more than they already are.

Sometimes our heroes are people we know and love. Often, thanks to our storytelling nature as humans, they are people we may never meet; people whose lore lives on in stories passed down.

Sometimes love for a hero is borne out of an assigned reading in history class that you never wanted to do in the first place. Stories are a gift in that way – they can surprise us by offering us new things to delight in when we weren’t even looking for them.

This month we want to challenge you to write a letter to your hero. They don’t have to be able to receive that letter. What matters is that you take the time to sit down and write it out. Pick a quiet corner and jot down the things you know about your hero that make you grateful. – share the lessons you’ve carried with you through life simply because you were lucky enough to know their story.

Let your letter to your hero be a reminder of the qualities you value, the characteristics you strive to obtain. Recognize in your letter how your hero has impacted the person you are. That is part of your story too.

And when you’re ready to write more of your story, Memories In Writing is here to help, whether through our concierge interview service or our spiral bound and online memoir workbooks. Learn more about our offerings anytime at

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