What Does It Mean To Be A Hero?
Some heroes wear capes and fight crime. Some heroes wear stethoscopes and bandage boo-boos, and still others shatter expectations and break barriers. Though their strengths and skills vary, all heroes share qualities that set them apart from the crowd. Here are a few examples of what makes a hero worthy of the title.
1. Help people
Heroes do everything they can to help those in need. Doc McStuffins takes care of broken toys that need a tune-up, whether it's a tightened screw, some emergency stuffing, or a new paint job. Doc listens to each patients' problems and then uses her gifts to make them feel better.
2. Go above and beyond the call of duty…without expecting anything in return
Spider-Man could reveal his identity and gain instant wealth and fame, but he chooses to keep his real name a secret. He doesn't expect any kind of payment for his good deeds—he just wants to make the world a safer place for everyone.
3. Protect the defenseless
Heroes look out for others, even if it means risking their own well-being in the process. When the Emperor's advisor ordered Mulan's injured father to serve in the army, Mulan took his place. She not only saved her father from certain death; she went on to save China from the Huns!
4. Never give up
Sometimes the odds are stacked against us, and we feel like quitting before we've started. Heroes meet challenges head on and keep fighting until the job is done. Superman, Wonder Woman, and the rest of the Justice League know that it's important to push through the tough times because there's a victory waiting on the other side.
5. Are brave, even when they're scared
Luke Skywalker was just a farm boy dreaming of adventure until R2D2 came into his life. Shortly thereafter, Luke lost the only family and home he had ever known. With his future uncertain, Luke found the strength to forge a new path for himself.
6. Inspire others to be heroes, too!
There are so many amazing women, past and present, who encourage little girls to reach for their dreams, no matter how big. Sandra Day O'Connor was the first woman appointed to the Supreme Court. A true trailblazer, she paved the way for not one, not two, but THREE women to become justices on the Supreme Court today!