By definition, a “hero” is someone who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. My brothers and I were lucky to have a hero, but perhaps not in the most conventional definition. Our father inspired courage, championed outstanding achievement and nurtured noble qualities. What could be more fitting of a hero than someone who is admired and idealized for the ability to raise those around them to live to those standards.
I think back to those moments where I needed that extra push and who my first call always was. The moments where I felt stuck, lost and confused and how sagely advice needed to resurrect my courage was always on the other end of the line. The moments where I felt most proud of my achievements and who I wanted to share them with most. And of course the moments where I needed to be reminded of my character, not just who I was, but who I wanted to be. It was always the same number, always the same voice illuminating the path forward.
These constant moments of inspiration have become the foundation for who I am, the values I hold dear and that I wish to inspire. None of this would have been possible without the unconditional love I received from my dad. He’s the reason I started this journey with Curos.
Unconditional love was my hero’s super power. The one thing, no matter what I know can never dissipate and never be diluted even when my dad and are are not together.
As a child, every night my dad tucked me in he whispered the same three things in my ear, each time followed with a kiss on the forehead. He would say, “You’re a champion David Goldberg. You’re a champion David Goldberg. You’re a champion David Goldberg.”
The more I think about it, the more I think we need to update the definition of “hero” for the modern age. As a society, our collective conscious is expecting more from those we admire and idealize. It should not be enough anymore to be a hero, it should mandatory that our hero’s inspire us to be our own hero and teach us the values of what it means to bring the hero out in others.
Fathers Day is a time of reflection on the blessings we have been given, not just for our actual “fathers” but also those outstanding men who have stepped up for us throughout our lives. The men who regardless of blood connection value raising those around them to a higher standard.
We here at Curos wish all of those men the happiest of Fathers Day. We love and appreciate you.