“Heroes are made by the path they choose, not the powers they are graced with.” – Ironman
My name is Shane and in today’s blog, I talk about heroes and how we can find them in our everyday life.
Today the world premiere of Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame is out in cinemas across Australia.
Some of the biggest die-hard fans (including myself) will be heading to the cinemas for the biggest blockbuster movie of the year!
Our Gold Coast students have bought tickets on opening night and will be treated to a night of pre-entertainment and activities.
When I think of Avengers, I think of all those superheroes with their amazing abilities to save and protect the world.
Anyone who has watched the Marvel franchise will have their fan favourites such as Ironman, Captain America or Thor, just to name a few.
So how do we know who are our heroes?
And why do we need heroes?
Oxford dictionary defines a hero as a person who is admired for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.
A hero can be someone we have a good connection with or someone that inspires us by example.
I look up to my parents as heroes, not just because of their unconditional love and support, but the sacrifices they have made that enable me to be the person that I am today.
Our teachers are our heroes at Langports, not just because of their knowledge of the English language, but the lasting impact they have on the students’ lives.
The friends you make here in Australia can also be your heroes.
They can help with overcoming difficult situations, they can clean the house, pick you up after a night out or cook you an amazing breakfast in the morning.
There are people who will go above and beyond their call of duty to make your day amazing!
However, if we look up to others as heroes, can we define ourselves as heroes?
Think about the lyrics to Mariah Carey’s 1993 classic track, Hero. In the final line of the chorus, Mariah sings “That a hero lies in you.” While the line is a little cheesy, we can also stand up and be a hero ourselves.
Heroes that stand by their decisions, can overcome obstacles and challenges.
Heroes that are determined to do their very best at everything and anything; they give things a go and don’t make excuses.
For our students who have been at Langports for many weeks or months, I see them as heroes in their own right, willing to take on the challenge of learning a new language, making new friends from different nationalities and exploring the culture of Australia.
We need heroes because heroes define our limits and aspirations.
Heroes are recognised by their own ideals. It can be through honour, loyalty or respect, to name a few.
Heroes can be inspire us to reach our own goals and to help elevate and transform ourselves for the better.
When you put things into perspective, we do need to have heroes.
The difficult part is finding out whom they really are.
Take the time to look around you next time you visit Langports, or in your everyday life.
There are heroes out there.
No matter who they are and what they do, a place like Langports has its heroes.
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