As most of you know, we have heroes here. We share their stories with you because in different ways, they embrace their differences and that is what it is all about. The hero that is our pick for the day and probably the year has done something courageous and worth praise…big time!
This hero is not blind or disabled. He has had an amazing career. He has a wonderful and sensitive mother and is quite successful. Sure, he has experienced great sadness. He lost his brother to suicide at a young age and that changed his life. He has placed himself in grave danger all over the world to share the news with us.
On a lighter note, he is a very picky eater. Who could eat the same meal at Boston Market every day for that long? Who would actually admit that he does not enjoy eating and would be happy to take a pill for nourishment if he could? LOL!
The man is human and he has gained our respect. In fact, that was all he gained until today. Today he epitomized integrity, courage, self-worth and confidence. In spite of what the media might say and in spite of what critics might say, he shared something with the world that was more than personal. The best part of what he did today was that he offered the information. It was not demanded. He wasn’t required to share his personal life. He wasn’t caught! He shared it because he didn’t want to appear to be ashamed of his difference any longer. What courage!
Kudos to Anderson Cooper! He is our hero because he told the world that he is gay and that he always has been gay and always will be be gay! He is not our hero because he is gay. He is our hero because he had the courage to share that fact with the world. He set an example for everyone that integrity, honor and courage are attributes that should be respected and replicated.
Anderson Cooper, hopefully you will help the many young men and women who struggle with their sexuality. Maybe a life will be saved because of your courage. You are exactly what everyone should have the integrity to be…honest and proud in embracing their differences!
Photo: Terry Ballard
“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
~ Mark Twain.