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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