Camden Myers is a reminder that you don’t need to wear a cape or possess a superpower to make the world a better place.
He is an everyday hero who shows us that heroism is not exemplified through perfection, but is actually rooted in human imperfection – that heroes are made by striving to overcome mistakes, failures, and life’s disadvantages and that the key to heroism is a concern for other people in need.
You see, Cam (who suffers from a Traumatic Brain Injury which causes both cognitive and physical delays) became an entrepreneur at the age of nine, creating employment opportunities specifically for people with intellectual and physical disabilities in the Winston-Salem, NC, area.
Since its opening in 2017, Cam’s Coffee Co. has hired about a dozen employees. The thriving business started as a pop-up style coffee stand. Cam’s family set up the stand to help him elevate his self-esteem and to empower him to know “that he is a person of value who adds value to everyone with whom he interacts.”
What a statement!
Say it with me: I am a person of value who adds value to everyone with whom I interact.
Now, every time you see another person, think to yourself (or be bold and say it out loud): You are a person of value who adds value to everyone with whom you interact.
Try it. The world may start to look differently. It just might start looking like a better place.
Remember: Heroism is not exemplified through perfection. As humans, we are naturally imperfect; but we can perform heroic deeds or acts that offer hope for a better world.
Each of us can be an everyday hero by making the world a better place for someone in need.