More on Heroes…

070307captainamerica A HERO IS…

I’m actually not sure. The dictionary definition of "hero" is:

"A man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities."

That makes sense, but I don’t completely agree. This definition, and what most people say, makes it sound like a hero has to be someone strong and powerful who risks their life to save someone else’s. Now that may work in fairy tales and comic books, but I don’t think it would fly in the real world if you told real but average, everyday heroes that they weren’t heroes.

Have you ever had a friend, parent, teacher, or other person who you admire because they changed your life in a good way? They are heroes too.

Here are my "hero requirements"

1. You have to change someone’s life in a good way. This could mean saving it, or teaching someone or inspiring them to do something.

2. I’m pretty sure being a hero can’t be easy. I think you have to take some risk or make some sacrifice. Like I said in the Who Are Heroes Post, these can be crazy risks. We need people that risk there lives like police and firemen, but risking your life doesn’t make you a hero. You also don’t have to risk your life. You can do something as simple as spending a lot of time on something for someone.

3. You don’t have to be a hero to everyone. Just one person might look up to you.

So tell me what you think makes a hero. Who are some of the heroes in your life?


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2 Responses to More on Heroes…

  1. Sweetie says:

    A hero…. what signifies being a hero ? In my experience there are different classifications of heros. Yes, you can run from a burning building with a child and there leaves no question in everyone’s mind, that person is a hero. How many of us have the orrortunity to do that? Hopefully not many. If you help someone feel better about themselves, make someone feel happy when they are sad or give any person a reason to think the world is a better place because you are in it, you too can be classified as a hero. You do not have to be grown up to be a hero. I have someone in my life that I look up to everyday. She works hard in school, cares about everybody she looks upon as her friend or family and brings a smile to my face everyday with the new exciting thinks I learn from her. Not just book stuff but, the way she can look at a difficult situation in her own way and figure it out with her caring ways. Everyone can be somebodies hero…. she is mine. We should all focus on being someone’s hero…. I bet you all are someone’s hero and don’t even know it. The dictionary is a great book but, the world is not black and white. Neither should you views on the classification of being a hero. Now, get out there and be one ! !

  2. LeOgAhEr says:

    I Love you girls

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