1074BC_Hero

1074BC_Hero

Whilethere are a lot of individual people whom I look up to and admire, there is notone specific person that I can pin point as my one and only hero.  Because of that, rather than writingabout a person, I chose to tell you about a type of person who I considerworthy of being called a hero. Unfortunately, I have come in contact with many people in my life whohave had to deal with tragedies. Terminal illnesses, fatal car crashes, cancer relapses; horrible thingsone would hope to never experience first hand.  Mankind’s sympathetic nature leads us to understand if aperson were to completely fall apart and never be optimistic again.  While there are some people who doreact to tragedy in this way and it is justifiable, there are some whocompletely bounce back and make the best of the situation.  It is this type of person who I amtruly in awe of.  Almost two yearsago a close family friend of mine died in a car accident at age seventeen.  Immediately after, his entire familywas a mess.  Who wouldn’t be?  Over this summer our families gottogether and I sat listening to the boys mother talk about how much she missedhim everyday.  She talked aboutsometimes wanting to stay in bed but not being able to because of her otherthree children needing a mother. She mentioned wanting to do as much as she could to remember her son andraise money for foundations and scholarships because he deserved people toremember him.  She loved her sonand missed him, but made the best and kept pushing through.  The entire time she was calm, sincere,and open.  Her complete composuregave me goose bumps and made me want to run away and cry.  I couldn’t possibly imagine goingthrough what she went through and still be okay.  It is this type of person I look up to.  The people who even in the worst oftimes, keep smiling and keep doing good for others.  There is so much in this world that people take for grantedand “sweat the little stuff.” Knowing that there are others who laugh when they could be cryinginspires me to be more optimistic myself.  

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