Welcome back to our list of lonely heroes! Let’s talk about Daryl Dixon from the series “The Walking Dead“. Daryl has to be among the series’ strongest heroes by far. He is an extremely adept survivor during this zombie apocalypse and a proficient marksman with his trusty crossbow. His strength lies in his ability to confront near impossible odds without need of his group. As part of his character, he is extremely loyal to all the members in his group and doesn’t hesitate to put himself in harms way for them.
Daryl’s life has been filled with misery. He came from a very broken home which left him to look up to his older brother–a man that was rarely there for him due to him being in trouble with the law. From a very young age, he was forced to learn how to fend for himself and leading all of the way up to the apocalypse, he hasn’t lost his touch.
What makes Daryl so appealing is that he refuses to accept defeat after being knocked down. Under all of his tough exterior, he possesses compassion and the willingness to fight for those he cares about.
We can all take away something from this man.
Being lonely is an extremely difficult road–we will feel abandoned, life will shut us out in more ways than we care to count, and we will long for the support necessary to confront what life has thrown at us. We will lack the shoulder to cry on when we really need it and rarely will we hear the words, with eager concern, “Are you okay?”.
Daryl shows us that we can still be of value to ourselves and others, despite all of these short comings. Through him, we have seen a true evolution of character which is exactly what we should expect during our journey down this long and unknown path. It is all going to be so difficult, but do not be afraid. We will make it to the end and realize along the way that we’ve become something better–far beyond our expectations.
And so I say to you…have that bow ready.
We are in for a crazy ride.