A Late-Night Letter for the Legends…

Or at least those trying to be.

Heroes get remembered, but legends never die. Follow your heart, kid, and you’ll never go wrong.

What does it mean to be “great?” A legend, a hero?

Does being great mean that you have more of something than someone else? Well, one would think so, considering the word “great” in itself means “considerably above the normal or average.” We are raised and taught to believe that great is more — because it makes sense that way.

In the culture in which I was raised, greatness was defined by the amount of A’s you had on your report card, the amount of trophies on your shelf, the number of bullet points on your resume, and the least amount of hours of sleep per week you had compared to your friends, classmates, and colleagues.

But is being “great” something distinct, something that can be counted? Is it a list of precise, harsh qualifications where even missing the smallest, most meticulous bullet point means that you’ve lost your chances at “greatness?”

There is a certain characteristic to success that is rooted in the backbone of every single person I have ever met — Do more. Be better. Strive for greatness.

After chasing “success” for most of my young adult life, I’ve realized that what the ghost of Babe Ruth told Benny during his strange yet euphoric dream in The Sandlot was that being a hero — rather, being a legend — wasn’t about the amount of games you won, or the amount of titles you had, or how fast you ran compared to the other guy (or girl).

You’re not “great” or “legendary” because of what you did, you’re a legend because of how you did it, why you did it, and most importantly, how you made people feel.

In my various clubs at school we often throw around the buzzword “empowerment.” What does it mean to really, truly empower someone to do more, be better, and strive for greatness?

It’s just that simple:

To empower someone to do something or believe something is to follow your heart. Babe said you’d never go wrong, right?

Anyone can do anything. It’s almost too simple: Anyone can check items off a list, accomplish a task and get something done. But that doesn’t make you a hero, and it certainly doesn’t make you legendary.

It takes a legend — great legend — to follow their heart.

Emily

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