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“Everyday Heroes”
By Lili Bazargan
(Laura Silver's 8th Grade Language Arts Class)

“What is a hero?” is a question very commonly asked. However, the answer to that question is not as commonly known. Heroes can be different people for everybody, but usually the heroes that are not recognized as much are the ones that truly make differences in our lives. As it says in the story of Hercules “True heroes aren’t measured by the size of their strength, but by the strength of their heart”.

When we think of heroes, our thoughts immediately travel to firefighters, policemen, and people in the armed forces who bravely do whatever they need to do to protect us. But what about other everyday heroes? To me an everyday hero is a person that goes out of their way to make the world a better place for everyone. They persevere and work hard to make a positive difference in spite of overwhelming obstacles. Most importantly for me, an everyday hero is someone who helps you grow physically, mentally and spiritually and helps you be successful in life.

Everyday heroes are all around us, we just have to open our eyes and see them. An example of everyday heroes is our parents. My parents do so much to support me every second of my life. They inspire me to have courage and integrity. They tell me to stand up for what is right and they have taught me so many things that have helped me grow. Another example of everyday heroes is our teachers. Teachers put in so much time and effort to help us grow. They are there to help us when we need it, and they encourage us to do the right thing and to try our best in life, even if it might not be easy.

The “Everyday Hero” is within all of our hearts and can be expressed in our acts of kindness, courage, and love that could change someone’s life. A hero does not have to be strong physically but has to have strength in their heart and use that strength to lift up people that have fallen down, help them get back onto their feet and help them grow to be a better person.


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