This is where the dictionary says the word comes from:
Things that take great strength — like throwing a boulder or finishing math homework — are sometimes called herculean in honor of the Greek god Hercules. Just like Thursday comes from the Scandinavian god Thor, the god Hercules gave us this word.
Hercules brought me this cool word late last night as I was trying to fall asleep amid thoughts of assessing how I am doing during this annoying time of quarantine. I went on to consider how everyone is doing.
In many cases, it’s become a survival game. None of us have ever been witness to a time in history when our very survival is at stake the way it is right now. So much is beyond our control. The stress can be overwhelming.
We are trying as best we can to continue to work, raise our kids, educate them, feed everyone and pay the bills. We’re doing this while the act of leaving the house can be risking our very survival.
My 21 year old son told me last night he is looking forward to going to visit my 86 and 87 year old parents without fear of killing them.
We think we finally have the time we always wished we had to do things like get in shape, write that book, organize our homes, learn a new language, learn to play the piano or whatever we never had time for before we were ordered to stay home.
We might beat ourselves up for not doing enough. But how the hell can we know what is enough? These are uncharted waters.
The things we are tasked with doing take great strength. This means by definition if you got dinner on the table, or got a workout in today, you accomplished a Herculean task. You are a superhero.