March 28, 2021

What is it to be a hero?

What is it to be a hero?

What is it, to be a hero?

By Karen Page (Season 2 of Daredevil)

What is it, to be a hero? Look in the mirror and you'll know.

Look into your own eyes and tell me you are not heroic, that you have not endured, or suffered or lost the things you care about most. And yet, here you are a survivor of Hell's Kitchen, the hottest place anyone's ever known. A place where cowards don't last long.

So you must be a hero. We all are. Some more than others, but none of us alone. Some bloody their fists trying to keep the Kitchen safe. Others bloody the streets in the hope they can stop the tide, the crime, the cruelty, the disregard for human life all around them. But this is Hell's Kitchen. Angel or devil, rich or poor, young or old, you live here. You didn't choose this town. It chose you.

Because a hero isn't someone who lives above us, keeping us safe. A hero is not a God or an idea. A hero lives here on the street, among us, with us. Always here but rarely recognized. Look in the mirror and see yourself for what you truly are. You're a New Yorker. You're a hero. This is your Hell's Kitchen. Welcome home.