As my world burned...That's a pretty dramatic beginning, isn't it?
Let me tell you something you already probably know. The world spins on its axis as it goes around the sun -that's a universally acknowledged truth- But did you know that one day the sun will consume the Earth? That's pretty dramatic as well.
But did you also know that the sun is the main source of life? Sure you get burned. But if you don't play with fire you die from the cold. It's not so dramatic anymore, is it?
Were we heroes?
Here is the thing. I have absolutely no feasible means that will decipher that inquiry. And if you had to ask me, I would most probably claim that I am infact in a pickle.
Here is my epiphany.
Every story that has hero needs a villain. Every villain portrayed in each story is exhorted to be bad, to cause chaos, and to be hated, just so the hero can shine, because what would be the point of the story otherwise? So if I am in fact correct, which I don't query, the villains don't seem all that bad all of a sudden. And then of course comes the grates debate of all times. What is to be considered good and bad. What rubric do we adhere to in order to be apt to make such judgment, and who, more overly specific, is fit to make such judgment as to who is good and who is bad? Is there even such thing as good and bad, or are they just the mere product of human manufacture? I could tell you what I think, but that wasn't the question.
The thing is, in the end, it doesn't really matter if you were good or bad, the hero or the villain, of your own, someone's or everyone's story. In the end, the hero is not as great as he was set out to be, and the villain is not as atrocious as he was said to be. Because nobody has the same version of events, no matter how pinpoint accurate they are.
As they say, 'even the devil has his reasons but that doesn't mean he's right'
In the course of time, I have come up with my ultimate answer.
I am always going to be the villain in someone's story, but as far as what I set out myself to be, I would say I'm both.
At times I am my own enemy and become the worst villain of my own story because I'm the only one that has full access to the whole story. But concurrently at times, I become the finest and most staunch hero. Because I know my limits, my capabilities, and most importantly, my worth.