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A True Military Hero: Simon Weston

Karen Griffin - Sunday, May 10, 2015

  1. 1.
    a person, typically a man, who is admired for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.
    "a war hero"
    synonyms: brave man, champion, man of courage, great man, man of the hour,conquering hero, victor, winner, conqueror, lionheart, warrior, paladin, knight, white hat; 

Today I met a man who certainly is a Hero in terms of the usual definition.  Humble, hilariously funny, generous and genuine all round nice guy.

A man who didn't view being on the Sir Galahad  on 8 June 1982 as bad luck ("worst luck for the 48 fellows who didn't get off"). He perceives himself lucky to be featured on that television programme that made such painful viewing, but made him the face of the Falklands Conflict.  He hardly mentioned his 95 operations, the last of which was as recent as last year. ("they took the fat from my arse and injected it into my face.  Now everyone who kisses me is really kissing my arse!")

Simon told how that day changed his life for the better.  If he hadn't been on The Sir Galahad, he wouldn't have achieved a certain notoriety, met his wife of 25 years, had three children and now a grandchild, helped 1000's of young people face their demons, worked tirelessly for charities, (many set up himself) and also started a business called Weston Security.  This certainly isn't a man sitting around or hiding away.

Yet he was honest enough to mention his dark days, and detail how he got through them, and the one he nearly didn't.

For me, a hero isn't just someone remembered for one particular daring do.  Simon Weston is a hero because he has that rare ability to see the upside to every situation.  The silver lining.

I am going to try to remember that next time I am getting irked by an inefficient courier or a particularly challenging supplier.  

What would your definition of a modern day Hero be?

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