Anyone Can Be a Hero By Jennifer L. Jefferson Com/150 July 8, 2012 Sonya Macon Anyone Can Be a Hero Everyone has heard through some type of media resource that there are no more heroes in the world today, that any or everyone we look up to has a bad reputation or not worth our time and eventually will steer us in the wrong direction. To our understanding this is not true there are heroes in our world, Webster dictionary defines hero as a male figure that displays superior courage and strength or a person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal.
Heroes are everywhere we just need to look further and find the hero within the people we know personally or people we have heard about. A hero is strong and looked up to and admired by many or only a few. The Ordinary Heroes Throughout a person’s life we can experience many obstacles, challenges, and hardships; that we sometimes face alone. There is always that one person that we seek for guidance, inspiration or just to save us from anything. To some they are parents and grandparents to others they are called the ordinary heroes.
In fact an ordinary hero truly can be anyone that appeals to be hard-working, loving and dedicated. That is why parents and grandparents are classified as ordinary heroes, in the eyes of young children they watch as their loved ones love, support, push and make plans for them to have a better life. It’s not easy growing up not having that one person that has your best interest at heart, but to have someone to struggle to make sure that their children and families have the best out of life is an amazing experience. As a son grows up and wants to follow in is father’s footsteps because while he was younger he watched how his father made everything possible come to life for him. On the web site “my hero”, a young man wrote something special about his father and he quoted “as I was wandering along a path trying to figure out what doors were safe to enter, and learning that I would need to be true to me, no matter the entry point, my father was making sure that any door I ended up at was unlocked and open” (Meyers 1995). What about a daughter who watchers her mother go through any and everything to make sure that she have the best and only the best.
Of course, the grandchildren that live with their grandparents as they step in to take care of them, showing them that we are here to make sure that everything is just fine. Telling old stories about when they were young and how they lived their lives to make it easy for us. Since the day we were born, our parents and grandparents have inspired us, giving us wisdom, supported us and protected us, they are the most amazing people in our lives; they know what they want out of life and are not afraid to pursue their goals to make our lives worth living.
Unsung Hero Lives worth living that were the unsung hero comes to mind. An unsung hero is defined as a person who makes a substantive ye unrecognized contributions or a person whose bravery is unknown or unacknowledged. There is a multitude of people in the world today who are true unsung heroes that don’t even worry about getting the recognition that they are due; they just do whatever they can to make other people lives amazing. Wow, there is a person who is seen every day struggling with what is not an everyday occurrence.
She works hard every day and through something that most individuals will fall to Chemotherapy. The metamorphosis she goes through with the ever changing symptoms experience within her outer and inner appearance is life altering. To look at her, no one would know or even think she was ill. She is also managing type II Diabetes and the treatment for her cancer interfered with her maintenance of her Diabetes. One would never know because she smiles and encourages everyone she engages with. She is an Unsung hero a hero that is no in the news, on the radio or even given an award too.
This hero is not recognized by her family as doing anything special because they have become accustomed to now she pushes and continue to do for others. No one speaks of this hero in their political plat forms or when petitioning for the next best thing in the world to be among their personal items. This unsung hero is truly a hero for all times. Beyond the Story Book Remember reading or hearing while growing up about the people in story books, thinking about how everyone in them was so heroic and we wanted to be just like them.
However, one that comes to mind is a story about a man name Robin Hood. Yes, he was an outlaw who robbed from the rich to give to the poor. On the web site “The bold outlaw” it gives a brief summary on Robin Hood’s life. “Robin Hood was a Saxon noble, and was forced into a life of banditry, using his cunning ways and eager servant’s, they helped themselves to the kings gold and jewels, that were levied from the oppressed peasants” (Wright 2004). Although some may argue Robin Hood’s actions are not heroic.
Perhaps, the better adjective to describe him would be brave. He was brave to risk his life with such a selfless act; taking from those with more to give to those with less. I don’t know of a modern day real life person that would do such a thing, give to the less fortunate by taking from those with fortunes and expect nothing in return but the satisfaction of knowing he helped someone is pay enough. Now, some may say what he did was wrong. I agree that stealing is wrong, however; his intentions were good.
While displaying courage and sacrifice, this helpful act that Robin Hood did, has shown us how to treat the less fortunate with compassion and respect by returning to the oppressed what belonged to them was heroic enough to us. The Realistic Hero Finally, as we went through years in school learning about the history of our superior country, there was one man that was so real that he became the hero of all heroes. This great man was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. , a man of intelligence and willingness; that brought people everywhere together no matter what the cause or reason.
With his speeches, marches and taking on different civil right tasks, he showed us and the world that no matter what race, gender or background, we are important. On the web site “more or less” it gives this great statement about Dr. King, “We pay tribute to Dr. King, the man who has never abandoned his faith in his unarmed struggle he is waging, who has suffered for his faith, who has been imprisoned on many occasions, whose home has been subject to bomb attacks, whose life and the lives of his family have been threatened, and who nevertheless has never faltered” (Harris 2008).
His efforts were so outstanding that it led to the March on Washington in 1963 where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, Dr. King being the youngest to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his hard work to end racial segregation and discrimination. On April 4, 1968 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. , was assassinated in Memphis Tennessee. To give back to him for all that he has done for us we celebrate his life as a federal holiday on Jan 15. Dr. King was indeed a true hero because of his persistence and forward thinking that helped to begin equality for all.
In conclusion, there are many types of heroes in the world today and that throughout life someone believed that they were heroes to them. No one can go through life without an ordinary, storybook or realistic hero in their life. Of course, everyone has their own opinion about what and who can be recognized as a hero, but in our eyes these heroes within this essay are real enough to be considered as heroes. Many of us don’t realize what a hero can be characterized as without using technology, if we step outside technology and look within ourselves to see the true hero that lives within we too can become a hero to someone.
Today there are people who we call heroes, taking on the roles and responsibilities to show true leadership. Stand up and tell someone today that you appreciate them for being that one person who is loyal, dedicated, selfless and loving like a hero.
References Harris, B. (2008), More or Less. Retrieved June 25, 2012 from http://www. moreorless. au. com Meyers, J. (1995), My Hero. Retrieved May 13, 2012 from http://myhero. com Wright, A. (2004), Robin Hood Story. Retrieved June 23, 2012 from http://theboldoutlaw. com