how to mold a hero

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Submitted: February 11, 2015

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A hero is a person that does things without being told. They jump into danger without hesitation, but they also help for non-selfless reasons. They don’t ask for praise or look for an applause. When we’re young we generally see heroes on TV, thus believing that all heroes look that way. It’s hard to break that character from young children’s feeble minds, but we can mold their minds and open their eyes to the world around them. We can talk to them about the bad and good they will experience. We can show them that the fictitious characters they see are not the only heroes.

Showing them that ordinary people can be heroes too, is the answer. A mom or dad can be a hero to their son in the smallest ways like teaching them how to ride a bike, saving them from drowning, or my favorite which is a single parent giving all they can give to their child, making the parent a hero to the child. A nurse saving someone’s life can make them be perceived as a hero to the patient. Someone else might say that’s no big deal because they do it every day, but it’s really important to the patient. A young girl in the third world country taking care of her baby brother, would make her his hero. The fact that she’s taking care of another human when she can barely care for herself show selflessness. The police officer, the fire fighter, the judge, the EMT, the teacher, the parent, the sister…anyone really have the potential to be a hero.

We all believe something different which is why I don’t think there’s any set definition of a hero. Heroes come in all forms, sizes, ages, different places, and races. It would be wrong of me to judge someone’s heroism when I don’t even know if I would do what they did. I don’t think being a hero can be taught, because of the broad subject of heroes. However, I think it can be taught to be brave, kind, and selfless, which to me are some key characteristics of a hero. I think that’s a good place to start as a child.
 


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