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What is a hero?

             I grew up with Iceman, Maverick, and the Teen Age Mutant Ninja Turtles. I had Ninja Turtle bed sheets and pajamas. I was, you could say, completely obsessed with them. Even today, I can still sing most of their theme song by heart. The Turtles, however juvenile this may seem, were my heroes. For one thing, they were green; they were different, but they still had friends, and they devoted all of their lives to fighting evil and saving the world. As a five year old, I found these qualities admirable. .
             Often , we have a tendency to make our heroes seem larger than life. To the ancient greeks, heroes were almost god like. In myths, these ancient heroes perform amazing feats of bravery. They were physically larger than normal and seemed to shine in the sun. We do the same thing with our more modern heroes. For example, movie stars and rock stars are often elevated to a point in our minds, where they seem almost unreal. And if fact, they do seem to shine, even if it's only with camera flashes.
             Everyone has their own definition of what it takes to be a hero. Ultimately, a hero is whoever inspires you to be a better person. Historically, heroes have been scientists, missionaries, writers, explorers, revolutionaries, and athletes; ranging from Sammy Sosa to Mother Theresa. .
             My personal definition of a hero is someone that can overcome obstacles and utilize them for positive purposes. A hero can stand in the face of adversity despite fear and do what is right. A hero is someone who makes an effort to improve the lives of others. A hero is someone that I can aspire to be like. .
             Today, my heroes are not much different from what they were when I was five. I still love the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. But I've added to my list of heroes. The list is quite extensive. The most shining of my heroes are those that risk their lives everyday for the safety of their country; firefighters, policemen, and soldiers.

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