Who are your heroes? Are they fit folk in stretchy disguises, larger than life characters from the books we read or are they real people we know? Over the past few years heroes have risen to the top of box office, flown off the shelves of retail locations, and become aspirations for all of us. What hollywood has done with many of these heroes is shown us that they can be more human than many of us thought.

Heroes are often thought to be perfect beings without faults, perfect hair, and never fail in their tasks. We know that people fall short of perfection and so do our heroes, even the wisest and bravest among us fall short at times of what is expected of them. Recognizing that our heroes might not be everything we thought they were can be a hard reality to accept, but it is one that can help us to step to lend helping hands when the occasion arises. Becoming an everyday hero is an excellent way to make the world a better place and feel a little better everyday.

Heroes usually wear masks that keep them incognito out of the public’s radar keeping them unknown. I’m not saying you need to wear a mask or do everything in secret, just doing a little extra to help out makes a world of difference. See a piece of trash in a park, pick it up. Offer a helping hand when you can. Be sure to be aware of your surroundings when you are trying to help. If the police are there let them handle it, don’t put yourself into situations that are dangerous for you either. Be helpful and be smart.

In conclusion, a hero can be anyone with good intent to help raise others. Being a hero doesn’t mean that you have to be perfect, wise, or anyone extraordinary you just have to be willing to step up when you are needed.