What constitutes an act that is “Larger Than Life”? Some might say it is the magnitude of impact the act has. Others will say it is the sacrifice taken to carry out the act. But what about the act alone? Does the act have to be magnificent or can it be simple? Let me show you how simple acts can become “larger than life”, especially when we’re too busy searching for our heroes.
Pushing. An action that moves an object in a certain direction. A simple, yet sometimes a mindless act. But put it in perspective and it can save lives. Pushing a person out of harms way. Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) requires some form of pushing in order to supply the body with blood when the heart fails. Or how about the metaphorical aspect of the word? Like how Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela pushed for equal rights for all races regardless of colour. Nevertheless, pushing can impact a person’s life in more ways that can be accounted for. But a push like that requires certain sacrifices. Like risking our lives and reputation to save someone else’s. Or the price that both the activists had to pay to free a nation, with their freedom and life.
Signature. A flick of the wrist, its meaning decipherable only to the owner. A symbol of identity and decision. But it can impact the owner’s life and the ones around him. Like how a District Judge can affect a person’s criminal record with the flick of his wrist. Or an employer improving the rice bowl of a family with his identifying scribble. Or one of the most recognizable documents in the world, “The Declaration Of Independence”, being put into effect with thirteen different signatures. But flicks or scribbles does not diminish the impact of the action, neither does it undermine the sacrifices taken.
Actions that would be deemed as simple, done by ordinary people, but can impact our life in a big way.
These two examples of simple actions, when seen in perspective, becomes “Larger Than Life”. They are simple actions that have greater meaning. Actions that cause us to have a better life. Actions that become so big, they defy circumstances. Like cooking, doing chores and taking care of a child. When seen in perspective, these simple actions can be seen as monumental as we are then enabled to deal with other things. But without, the loss may be insurmountable in our lives. The “Larger than Life” mothers that we could not have lived without.
So maybe, we should step back and start admiring these ordinary people with extraordinary impact in our lives. Maybe then we could remember that we already have heroines closer to our lives than we would ever consider.
Photos by: Saiful Irfan