Audrey’s Everyday Heroism Story

Photo by  Tom Parsons  on  Unsplash

Photo by Tom Parsons on Unsplash


Audrey Hunt is a first year student at The University of Cincinnati. She enrolled in Dr. Brian Metcalf’s “Intro to Psychology” course to fulfill credit requirements, but found herself learning something much more useful; how she can easily impact someone’s life with simple acts.

Here she shares her story of everyday heroism:

Dr. Metcalf first introduced The Heroic Imagination Project back in August and I didn’t think anything of it. He regularly mentions to the class that anyone can be a hero, all we have to do is search around in our closets for our capes. I didn’t understand what he meant until I had experienced heroism myself. It opened my eyes to see the kinds of impacts I could make. They may be small, but by training more people to become heroes, together we can make a tremendous change in the world.

Last weekend, a friend and I went out for dinner and my friend went to my car to get my water bottle. On his way back this guy came up to him asking for money and he said that he just wanted to be able to go get washed up. Now, there have been a lot of people in Cincinnati who are scammers, but even if he was, my friend gave him money and said that it was no problem. Afterwards,  they talked for a bit and then the guy thanked him and said that he was the only person that week that treated him like a person. I saw it from inside so I wasn’t there to witness the man’s gratitude, but that story, and his words, stuck with me.

In class, Dr. Metcalf said not to wait until you have enough money to give to someone, because you can always give something. I’ve realized that even just talking to someone could help them in more ways than we know. Last night I passed a few people begging for money, but I only had a couple of dollar bills and some change. I gave it to a family and a guy who was wandering around near campus and I told them that I didn’t have much, but anyone could be in the same situation and if it were me, I would hope that someone would take a minute to give what they could or just acknowledge me. One guy teared up and hugged me, and the family said that I had a beautiful soul and that I would always be in their prayers. I’m not religious, and I do not think that I could ever change the world in my lifetime, but last night I gave people hope and hope can inspire others to come together in order to change the world. 

You can always be a hero, even if you are one person’s hero out of the 8 billion in the world. People should know that they are never alone, that everyone is a person no matter their situation.

~Audrey Hunt

Kindness, decency, and respect can go at least as far or even further than other acts of generosity. Let the good feelings that come from helping others and just simply treating them well wash over you and make you feel better and stronger. I’m optimistic that heroes greatly outnumber the rest, but I want even more people to recognize they are heroes in waiting.
— Dr. Brian Metcalf
Heroic Imagination Project