Last year, I wrote a few posts about people I admire and called it People I Admire Week. My good friend Tom Bridge renamed it "Heroes Week," which I think we can all agree sounds a kazillion times better. It was an interesting exercise in contemplating the forces that make me who I am today, and I'd love to create a space for other people to do it, too. I am therefore announcing Heroes Week 2010! Let's all get excited about the people who inspire and motivate us!
Heroes Week is Feb. 22-28, 2010. If you'd like to participate, then post about your own heroes on your blog. Then come to the open comments thread and post a link so we can all admire your shiny, pretty heroes and influences.
Obviously I'm not the boss of you and you can write up your heroes any way you very well please, but I did have some guidelines for the kind of heroes I was looking for last year. I'm copying them here for your convenience.
- Friends and family don't count. It would be easy to fill a week with the obvious stuff: I could say I admire Sean Stewart and Jan Libby, my mom and dad, Naomi Alderman and the Brothers Hon. But I want to dig a little deeper, here. If you know somebody well enough to have their IM information, or if they'd likely know who you were if your name came up in conversation, you know them too well for this purpose.
- You really want to be like them. Look, we all admire Mother Teresa, but not many of us get fired up over giving our lives over to helping the sick and poor. I want this admiration to be actionable in a more than theoretical way.
- Your lifetime and their lifetime have to at least overlap at the edges. Even better if the person you admire is still alive! This keeps out people we've been taught by rote to admire since we were small; your Abe Lincoln and Jesus, Isaac Newton and Benjamin Franklin and Hammurabi. I want to hear about admiration you probably don't have in common with millions of other people.
- They have to be real people. Seriously, folks, no Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Captain Kirk, OK?
I'm super-psyched about this. I've got some new heroes to share, and I'm hoping that some of you reading this out there will contribute some new ones along the way. Let's go!