When I was a kid in high school and while sitting in the amphitheater for school assembly, I use to imagine the school was getting attacked by terrorists and it was up to me to save the day.
I remember how I would do it and the small spaces I would climb through and the ledges I would jump off to get to my position of advantage to take out the bad guys, one by one.
I can’t recall whether these daydreams started before or after I had seen Die Hard for the first time. Most likely before as Die Hard came out when I was in year 11 and I am sure I had rescued the school and all of the teachers and students a hundred times before then.
It was definitely before Sean Astin saved his school from terrorists in 1991’s Toy Soldiers, which is well before he became a hobbit. I still think that the producers of that movie tapped into my daydreams and stole my idea, though I didn’t have Louis Gossett Jr. in my daydreams which is a shame because he was so cool back in the ’80s and ’90s.
So back to reality and fortunately or unfortunately, depending on which side of the fence you’re on, I have never had to face off against terrorists and save the day. I did once chase down a bag snatcher which you can read about here, but other than that, my heroic days have been few and far between.
I wonder though what I would do in such circumstances. Have I seen too many movies where the good guys win and save the day? Does this really happen in real life? How many reports do we see on the news where the day hasn’t been saved?
The attacks on 9/11 and Bali prove that sometimes terrorists get what they want and even if John McClane or Casey Ryback or Jack Bauer were real and available they probably would have been able to do bugger all about it.
Yet we do hear of good news stories where terrorists do get stopped but it is generally by the agencies responsible for keeping us safe. The Mosman Bomb Threat is one recent example even though it was only an act of terrorism against one person.
I would like to think that if there was no one else specialised to do it, that I would stand up and fight against anyone trying to cause harm against my fellow man. Perhaps if more people stood up and said no to crime, the world might be a little better place to live in.
Luckily terrorism in my neck of the woods is rare and we live in relative peace in Australia. We have criminals, as does every society, but I think the major crime saving days will still be on the big screen with the score conducted by James Horner or Hans Zimmer and the credits roll at the end.
I’m not ready to prove that what I think is a reality of me saving the day in my mind is actually a one-way ticket to that giant big fluffy cloud in the sky with my last thought being, “you dickhead, did you really think you could make a difference, did you?!”
But if that day comes though, I will try and make that difference. For now, I’m quite content to daydream about it.
What about you. Did you ever daydream of battling terrorists at school or have you had these daydreams as an adult? Would love to hear from you.