Autaugaville, AL— Webster defines a hero as one who is admired for courage, outstanding achievements, and noble qualities. We recognize ones like Captain America, Spider-Man, Black Panther, just to name a few as being superheroes for they have superhuman abilities that are needed to save the day on countless occasions, but what about those heroes who don’t have those abilities? People like Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Barack and Michelle Obama, and others didn’t have the ability to jump over skyscrapers, have superhuman strength, or even the ability to fly, but yet they each possessed strengths that went beyond the physical. They were strong because of the heart they have for people and their dedication to making this world a better place. There is another person that comes to mind when I think of hero, and her name is Cynthia K. Dickerson.
A native of Autaugaville, Alabama, Mrs. Dickerson currently works for the Alabama State Banking Department and has been there for the last 11 years. Aside from working full time, she has other side hustles that she enjoys doing such as woodwork, photography, and designing bracelets and t-shirts. “I am a Chinese little lady,” she exclaimed when naming all her ventures.
When asked how does she balance being a wife, mother, daughter, sister, and businesswoman, she explained, “I don’t know, but somehow I always manage to do it.” She does credit her husband for assisting her in getting the job(s) done. When asked if she always had her entrepreneurial drive, she replied that she thinks she has and always looks at things with the ambitious thoughts of thinking she can do it too. “It’s always something that I think I want and I don’t really want to pay a whole lot of money for it, so I figure out how to do it,” she proclaimed with a smile.
When asked if she had any advice for the ones who want to do those things, but are having trouble balancing it all, she stated, “Sit down and pray about it.” “Take your time and study it a little bit and always have someone to talk to about it…” She added that in spite of how tired she may feel at times, she doesn’t see it as work, but a passion. “I want to see the end result and that’s what makes me happy,” she noted.
Mrs. Dickerson is a young woman of many talents who uses those talents to bless others. Whatever the challenge(s) she may encounter, she is willing to put her best foot and work forward. And if you ask me, that is a hero any day of the week. Thank you, Mrs. Dickerson, for being a hometown hero and keep up the great work.