Reflective Essay: Universal Heroes

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When one thinks of heroes, quintessential figures such as George Washington, Ghandi, Martin Luther King Jr., and Mother Theresa often come to mind. These people have performed magnificent tasks which involved providing favors, exemplifying gallantry, and overall assisting the improvement of the people who needed them. They have dramatically impacted the world with their extraordinary feats. But, heroes can range from all sorts of categories, even in each of us as individuals. I'm fortunate enough to have the people who I personally deem as the best heroes in my mind, they are my parents.

My parents are exceedingly committed and willing to do anything for my well-being. Not only towards me but also towards those they care about. My father is a passionate man who always helps out anyone whenever they need him the most. He has always encouraged me to do the right things, to be vigorous, and independent.

My mother has always had a tender soul yet can be stern and disciplinary when the time is necessary. She is a laborious nurse who has endured and sacrificed so much for her family. Without my parents, I probably would not have become the person that I am today. Heroes are typically described as selfless, audacious, and often inspirational. Personally, my parents are the most inspiring people for me. They imparted their knowledge on the essentials to life and were there for me when I needed them the most.

Heroes are always transitioning in our minds as time passes. As juveniles, we regard superheroes, imaginary friends, fictitious protagonists, etc. as our venerable idols. Then as we grow older and more mature, our opinions gradually alter and our more permeable. We begin to think about the valuable and ideal matters which signify what heroes really are. How...