Who Is Your Hero?

Who is your hero? I had a quick trawl of the internet to see how ‘hero’ is defined and one of the best I found was a site written by children for children, which said:

What Does It Mean to Be A Hero?

  • A hero is someone who helps other people, or who helps to make other people”s lives better
  • A hero is a person who tries to make the world a better place
  • A hero is a person who does more than is expected of them
  • A hero is someone who doesn’t do something just because it helps their own problems but for the benefit of others
  • A hero is a person that doesn’t want to be a hero just to be famous

How Many Heroes in Your Life?

What brilliant definitions! Out of the mouths of babes…. And using their criteria I realise that my life is chock full of heroes. Here are just a few of them:

  • My Mum, for living her life to the full, despite the tragedy of losing her youngest son and for, at age 81, pushing her older blind friend to go out every day with her (and literally pushing her around in a wheelchair)
  • A dear departed friend who, even in her last few days was still being concerned and caring of others
  • The lollipop man (sorry, school patrol crossing officer) who has been in his job for ever it seems but is always courteous and smiling and actually watches the traffic flow as well as the youngsters!
  • The man in Florida who rushed off to get us petrol when my daughter and I ran out on way to airport, and didn’t want any payment
  • My new and very lovely doctor who is so compassionate and caring of his patients that I fear he may burn himself out
  • My two children who are so kind and considerate of their ageing parents and actually like us!

I could go on and on, but I won’t because I would LOVE to hear who are the heroes in your life, and why. Please share this with friends and let’s honour our unsung heroes!

PS When I was looking for a picture to illustrate this fire fighters kept popping up (heroes every one), and I realised that I had my own fire fighter picture and hero, my husband. I won’t embarrass him by listing his heroic qualities as once in a blue moon he reads what he write!!


Posted on October 13th, 2010 by

21 Responses to “Who Is Your Hero?”

  1. I agree with your comments about what makes a hero.
    In my life, top of the hero pile are my parents. Their love, support, encouragment and belief in us has made us the people we are – My Mother especially who has dealt with my fathers sudden death with dignity, grace, guts and humour and now with secondary breast cancer continues to radiate those qualities on a daily basis and is a true hero 🙂

    • Jane says:

      What is rather lovely is that the definition came from children. Your parents definitely fit the criteria. Here’s to them and heaps of positive thoughts to your Mother!

  2. OH Goodness, where to begin!? I think it has to be my husband who has been so very supportive and believed in me and my unstoppableness (is that a word!?). He steps in and does pretty much anything – he adapts brilliantly, has great ideas and is willing to try new things. He’s a true partner we’re a team of individuals on our adventure.

    • Jane says:

      I am loving these replies! It really gets you thinking, doesn’t it? Thank you so much for sharing and keep them coming! It’s really inspirational. Jane

  3. Jayne cox says:


    I’m going to have to say my Dad. He died at Christmas last year, he gave so much to me in his lifetime and I know he loved me dearly. We were peas in a pod. He’s still with me in spirit and inspires my work.

    Lovely, lovely post!

  4. Jayne cox says:

    Need to post my Mum under another heading. Out of her loss she’s grown, found strength and inspired me. Fab lady, ignores age entirely!

    Michael my husband, for just being there always!

  5. Ed Han says:

    Jane, what a wonderful topic for your blog!

    I feel that a hero is someone who sacrifices for others to achieve something on their behalf without any expectation of thanks or recognition when it would be easier not to get involved. This really covers what I consider key, what I think of when I see or hear the word.

    I have many heroes in my life, both people I know personally and those with whom I have not yet had that privilege.

    Certainly, I consider my wife and many friends & family to be heroes. I think all of us would say their own spouses/significant others, friends & family qualify so in that respect, I doubt I am unusual.

    But in addition, I think there are certain celebrities whose efforts to raise awareness and participate in philanthropy beyond just writing a check also merit mention. Among them, I would include Bruce Springsteen, of whose career and music I have been a fan since my early days. While his politics are not for everyone, his commitment to helping the hungry is a career-long avocation. I find that admirable, and yes, heroic.

    • Jane says:

      Jayne, Ed, thanks so much for contributing. very different heroes but equally fascinating!I echo your thoughts about Bruce Sprinsteen, Ed, and Jayne, what an amazing grandmother! I can see where you get some of your traits from… Thank you both. Great stories!

  6. My gran. Widowed when my uncle was 10 and my mum 5 after a bull charged and killed my grandfather. She remarried years later and her 2nd husband died of a stroke in the cow milking byre. My gran was the first woman in Scotland (maybe UK) to be put in charge of a farm by the co-op and during the war had prisoners of war working for her. She told the army captains off for the standard of food she was given for the workers and fed them herself by making huge pots of soup and food. Years after her death we still received christmas cards from europe to her, sadly all stopped now. My abiding memory of her was watching her with a baby calf under each arm making them drink from a bucket (they were taken from their mums early due to it being a dairy herd). She never wore teeth, she had a pair of false teeth that lay outside on the kitchen window, and if I or my cousins were bad, we were warned that the “teefies” would get us! (I am a phobia of false teeth to this day) A fantastically funny, kind and tough lady who did not suffer fools gladly but had a heart of gold.

  7. My parents for putting up with me. I mean that. I was the most terrible teenager.

  8. Oh Jane, I couldn’t choose one either. My sister who used to be my brother for having more/less balls than most in being able to follow through on what was right for her;)

    My father who taught me ‘I Can’

    My mother who is ‘just’ Mum and proves that by being true to yourself you offer more than can possibly be needed by anyone.

  9. Tom Evans says:

    Those miners and their rescuers are pretty heroic to me.

    And any bloke who has the nerve to wear his underpants outside his trousers of course 😉

    • Jane says:

      Hi Tom. Yes, the Chilean mining story is so heartwarming isn’t it? I think it inspired this post. What do you think about blokes who wear two thirds of their pants above their waistband….or perhaps I mean wear their trousers very low!

      Jackie, what an intriguing comment! It’s great how many people hold such lovely views about their family members.

  10. Jim Connolly says:

    This pants/trousers issue is the kind of deep debate that makes blogging so good 😉

    Apparently, you can tell how old a man is by the waistband of his trousers.

    Teens / early twenties wear them really, low.

    Then, slowly, as the guy gets older, they go higher and higher, until in old age, they need to undo their fly in order to blow their nose.

  11. The word hero is overdone these days – a bit like the word tragic. But then you hear of real heroism. I’m afraid footballers don’t cut it do they?

    My heroes, well

    my mum, she’s amazing, selfless, feisty, full of practical common sense – I come from good stock!

    my husband ( AAAh! ) he was seriously ill a few years ago, and he contended with more in a few months than most of us do in a lifetime, and he didn’t complain once. I still marvel at him.

    my grandmother, she helped me to see that life didn’t end at the edge of the village – it just started there.

    My dad, he helped me with his patience, and his quiet and I still miss him.

  12. DJ says:

    Barbara Jordan. Probably not well known outside the US and more than likely forgotten by a younger generation, but at a time when women were just starting their fight for equality, she overcame not only her gender, but her skin color and multiple sclerosis to serve the public.

    And my stepfather for taking a wild teenager under his wing and not taming her but calming the wildness to something more acceptable.

  13. irina says:

    Thank you Jane! I had many heroes in my life. On of them- my grandfather, who went through World War 2, never talked about it, took care of his family,than died from the heart attack. I wish I was there with him!

    • Jane says:

      Hi Irina, do you mean you wish you had some experience of his war time life? My father signed up as soon as the war began and went all over the world. He never talked about it either. Thanks for commenting.

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