Everyday Heroes

Our Underappreciated Everyday Warriors

Everyday Heroes
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What is a HERO? Most people, when they think of a HERO, they might think of Batman, Superman, The Flash, Green Lantern, and the many others seen in Marvel Comics and throughout the DC Universe. While we would love to think that these HEROES brought to us by the great Stan Lee exist, this is a fictional representation we envision that is based on an overactive imagination. A non-fictional HERO, in other words doesn't have any super powers, nor do they fly around in a cape, leotard and tights. They don't have aliases, or secret identities that would endanger their families and friends if discovered. So again, what is a HERO?

To me an everyday HERO is hard to come by. He or she may be strong, smart, fast, and kind. They may have genuinely good intentions in spite of a troubled past, but still have a heart of gold, and the ability to be brave in situations where ordinary people may falter and be afraid. These everyday heroes pop up when you least expect, and you won't find them if you are actively seeking them out. They can be nobodies, reputable people, or champions of your local community. These everyday HEROES are people like you and I. However, it is their inherent goodness and everyday good deeds that make them the HEROES they are believed to be.

As children, growing up, we tend to look up to role models in our lives; be they our Mom or Dad, Sister or Brother, Aunt or Uncle, Grandma or Grandpa, or maybe a cousin. It is one of the aforementioned list that we deem worthy of being our HERO. Everyday HEROES can come in many shapes and sizes. They can be big or small, young or old, man or woman, or child or adult. Lately, with COVID-19, a lot of us have come upon hard times financially, mentally, and physically. Not all of us have the privilege of working. Typically, and STILL, HEROES include volunteers, medics, EMTs, Police officers, and Fire fighters, since they protect us from harm in everyday situations. I also can't forget to mention the brave men and women in the Army, Navy, Airforce, Marine Corps, and the rest of the armed forces.

So many people, their family, and their friends have been affected by the Coronavirus. As a result, many peoples' lives have been cut short, ended in their prime, before they have had a chance to truly experience and enjoy life. With so many people out there who are susceptible to the complications of this pandemic, one begs the question: how are people getting better? Who is responsible for the recovery of those no longer inflicted? That would be the excellent people of the esteemed medical profession. Yes, this means doctors, nurses, surgeons, and the like. You, ladies and gentlemen, are our everyday HEROES!

Thanks to your kindness, bravery, and your tireless efforts on a daily basis, your knowledge of your field have enabled you through the miracle of science and modern medicine, have been able to cure a percentage of those infected with COVID. As a result, those who experienced this virus are now able to donate some of their plasma, in the hopes that it will lead to a cure for our terrible plight. You medical professionals are truly ALTRUISTIC, as you have dedicated your lives to making this world a better place. It is slowly becoming safer for us, our friends, family, and children to live our lives without fear.

Essentially, without your bravery and courage, it would be very difficult for us to have any hope of life getting any better. We would just all be living in seclusion for a long time, under a dark grey cloud devoid of any silver lining. Thank you to our everyday HEROES for all that you do. You deserve ALL the praise, as you make the world a better, safer place to live in.

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Dan Asher

I'm a grad student, and an author. As a native New Yorker, I am highly opinionated, and writing is how I share my thoughts, views and feelings.

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