When I think of heroes, naturally I think of strong, intelligent, handsome, and daring people. When I have time to think about them, qualities other than these come up. Bravery, loyalty, honesty, and being a giving person tend to be paramount in the qualities of being a hero. What is generally thought of as a hero changes as humans thoughts and physical states evolve. The standards to become one have drastically risen due to widespread reading of comic books, what used to be considered a hero would no longer be enough. Any given citizen could become a hero for saving one’s life; it doesn’t necessarily have to be millions of lives saved. Heroes are not represented real people with realistic capabilities, but instead they’re fantasy figures. Adolescents become soley interested and obsessed with said fantasy figures due to their ability complete such tasks as: strenuous adventures, slay dragons, discover hidden treasure, and saving the world through their courage and selflessness. They are capable of hardship and danger, which is enviable to a young impressionable child. At the end of the story, said hero learns morally sound lessons about perseverence. To a child, heroes are people who change the world. Besides comic books, another type of hero emmerges. Some of the poorest individuals living in poverty live with a goal to succeed. All their lives they’ve been put down, and they do what they have to do to become what everybody doubted they could. Escaping the dangers of poverty is enough, even if they can’t attend college. Despite the monetary struggles, drug-happy and crime-heavy environments, and educational difficulties, their goal to top their expected outcome fuels the fire.In order to figure out the definition of heroism, it’s critical to know what a hero is made of. First of all, heroes have occupations, just like normal people. For example, doctors are considered heroes in some situations. Their job is to save lives, so it is only expected and only considered heroic under certain circumstances. If any given doctor were to save a drowning child in a fast flowing river, they become a hero. In this case, they are out of the already-heroic environment of the workplace, and is only made a hero for his/her bravery and willingness to throw themselves into danger for the sake of someone else. Therefore, a hero can be any regular, old person regardless of their career. Above all, heroism is more about what they do for others rather than who they are. Therefore, a hero must have the willingness to sacrifice for the benefit of other people.Heroes come from anywhere and everywhere. Heroes do not have to save someone or defeat evil. Heroes can simply come from deeds of altruism, such as all of the sacrifices parents make for the benefit of their offspring. Some of the characteristics and features of a hero include fearlessness, goodness, modesty, reliability and tolerance as well as persistance, commitment, loyalty, fortitude, and stamina among others.Heroism requires people that attempt an adventure with many tests manage to conquer said challenges to meet their goal. One of the biggest challenges a hero may meet along their journey is the possibility of failure. Most people are petrified by failure and rejection, and if they were put in such situations, they would most likely give up and turn their backs. The contrast between heros and those who never reach that is their understanding that failure is not falling down, but failure is staying down. In The Dark Night Rises, Gotham would have never had a chance of surviving if Batman hadn’t pulled himself up for the greater good. These people understand that no matter the cost, their purpose is greater than comfort. Their goodwill and bravery gives them the strength to march on, even if there’s only a slight chance of winning. They take this small chance of success and manipulate it to their advantage until they finally get what they need to achieve for other people they may barely know.Heroes can be defined as people who take up courage to take up challenging activities and situations for the sake of others from their kind heart. Anybody can be a hero, as long as they posses the courage to overcome their fear, which is one of the major defining qualities of heroes. Heroes can be famous or not famous. They could be anywhere and their acts of heroism can come anytime, since it is never expected, and most of the times come as surprises. Heroes are unexpected, and are realized only after their acts of heroism.Most people would be more than a little reluctant to declare themselves heroes. We’re happy to apply the term to Superman and Batman, hobbits and Hogwarts attendees, even to regular people who do extraordinary things: Firefighters, brain surgeons, inventors, nurses and teachers who help severely disabled people live long, happy lives. Heroes change the world, save lives, take on tasks that may seem impossible to the rest of us. So when we think of heroes, we seldom think of ourselves.But the truth is that anyone can be a hero, and many of us are already on hero’s journeys. Their transformations begin when they hear and answer calls to action.There are key events of a typical hero’s journey, including the call to action that gets the ball rolling, departure from the ordinary world, trials that take place in the special world of the story, crisis, return home, and the new life that begins once the quest is complete. And, as he points out, myths and stories from all over the world that span all of recorded history reflect these key events. Each hero may have a different quest, a unique cast of characters, and a specific setting, but each hero’s path is more or less the same. In fact, each hero is more or less the same.Which may sound disappointing at first, since it reduces much of literature to a single repeated character … but it’s also empowering! Because that universal hero archetype is everywhere, and can be found inside each one of us. After all, we use stories to reflect on our own world, our real life experiences. Even when those stories are symbolic or fantastical, they are meant to teach us lessons about and encourage us to explore our shared reality. Each hero is more or less the same, and all of them are grounded in being human. Ordinary. Someone who doesn’t need magic or gadgets to help others or change the world. Someone like you. Someone like me.Which means we all have the capacity to leave our comfort zones, step up, live through transformative experiences, recover, and do it all over again. And we may do this to achieve something on our own, or to support someone else in need of care. In fact, I’ve recognized this pattern in nearly every wife of a wounded warrior I’ve ever met: These women face the daily challenge of providing intimate personal care for their spouses, of being the silent heroes behind their injured loved ones. Through their patience and perseverance, they prove that overcoming everyday fears is heroic, that heroism isn’t always about glory, fame, or acts of valor. It can be about helping, healing, and loving.And they inspire the rest of us to face our own challenges, slay our own dragons, follow our hearts into uncharted lands and toward unknown goals. Each of us can take a hero’s journey if we listen for calls to action and accept the challenges laid out before us. Whether we are asked to rearrange our entire life’s plan to accommodate the needs of an injured family member, leave a stable job to pursue a lifelong dream of entrepreneurship, or put everything on hold to travel the world, we can take the plunge. Anyone can be a hero, and each of us has a hero waiting dormant inside of us.What’s your challenge? What will YOU do when you hear the call? What will your hero’s journey look like?