When asked who my heroes are, I always honestly respond that I don't have any. There isn't someone who I am in such awe of that I can say that their actions or accomplishments are something I find heroic. Of course, there are people that I admire but mostly for how, despite a lot of difficulties, they have been able to push forward to achieve what some consider success. It is noteworthy that they are mostly female.
But, now, I can honestly say that I have a hero. And, to top it all off, it's a sports hero. And, if that is not enough, it's a male athlete. If you have never watched tennis. If you have no clue as to how the game is played. And, even if you are so ignorant as to think that tennis is not a sport. You must watch Roger Federer at work. If heroes are supposed to inspire you to greater places in your life, then Roger Federer has inspired me to work on my tennis game.
I just got done watching the US Open Men's Final. Before that, I was browsing through YouTube.com checking out some of the footage they have of Mr. Federer. To say that this man is a magician is not giving him any credit. Not only does he wield the racket like a magic wand, sending out shots that defy angles and gravitational pull, but he also uses it like a weapon, placing the tennis balls in areas that take his opponents down.
Warrior is another way to describe Mr. Federer. But that would create an air of brutality accompanied with a lack of finese. Which Mr. Federer does not embody. Roger Federer is akin to a ninja. He does battle on the tennis court with power, grace, and agility that nobody else can mimic. And, with the the quiet reverance that one finds at their local library. When I watch him play, I often find myself turning off any other distractions in the room whether they be lights or sound sources. I do this so I can absorb all his movements and actions so that I can maybe, one day, even move toward his way of play.
So, now, when asked who my hero is, I can honestly say "Roger Federer". Later.