Ferengi80 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2007, 704 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2041 times:
I was watching a programme on TV last night, and a small segment about one of my all time heroes came up.
Made me think, who are your heroes and why?
For me, I guess my heroes are first and foremost, my Dad. He died when I was 10, but he was the one I always did and still do look up to as my inspiration.
Secondly, aviation related, my hero is Sir Freddie Laker. The way he started his airline, pretty much launched low cost travel single handedly, a totally remarkable individual.
Finally, Red Adair. Putting out those huge fires the way he did, how more heroic could you get! I always remember him being the one to put out the fire on board the Piper Alpha in the North Sea following the massive explosion on 6 July 1988, which took the lives of 167 men.
So, who are your heroes?
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Ken777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 8780 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2024 times:
This world has so many heros, from the past and living today.
For me, the top of the list has to be my wife. A physical therapist who spent 40+ years caring for patients. A quarter of a century was in the school systems, working with multi-handicapped kids.
She said she would probably continue to work as long as people needed her. When diagnosed with acute leukemia she was still treating a patient and had to leave in the middle of a treatment in order to get admitted to hospital.
The compassion she has taught us, her commitment to our kids and me, lots of things that get her at the top of the list.
Then come our parents. My father-in-law died when m wife was 6 - he was in the RAF for the duration and his lungs were severely impacted. As a war widow my mother-in-law raised 3 kids - two with severe medical conditions, but their medical environments were not as greedy as ours.
My parents? Taught me what hard work is, compassion for others, the ugliness in this world because of discrimination and the need to avoid that. Dad was in the oil industry and somewhat conservative. I have no doubt , however, that he would support today's right wing has his brand of conservatism would be considered a moderate today.
WESTERN737800 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 695 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1968 times:
I think my parents are my heros for teaching me about hard work. My friends are my heros just for being there, they are just like brothers and sisters. Certain coaches for teaching me about teamwork. Also numerous relatives for just being there.
Joffie From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 857 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1951 times:
Well not sport people, thats for sure. I never understood why the media always refers them to heros. Heros for what?? The real heros are those dedicating their life to making the community safe like Doctors, emergency workers, bystanders who help those in need, not the overpaid sports people.
YVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2718 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1900 times:
My grandpa. Served with the RAF on Malta during WW2. He was kind and caring to all he met, had a great sense of humor and very handy and was the perfect grandpa. He fought cancer secretly for over a year (without even telling my grandma...) before he became too ill to hide it any longer. He fought it bravely and never considered for himself, just those around him.
Other than that, Winston Churchill. Much can be said to criticise him, but possibly the greatest leader in modern history (first time around anyway).
Im not sure if musicians can be classed a 'heroes' for the same reason as sports stars. Freddie Mercury & John Lennon are certainly two men I greatly admire for their phenomenal talents, and they are heroes to me as an amateur musician who seeks to re-create their art. And Keith Richards somehow, maybe its because its a miracle hes still alive, but what the man has achieved and his very special musical gift makes him a hero to me (despite the lifestyle).
Still, you cant compare musicians to persons who give their lives fighting for liberty. Those are the true heroes, in the western wolrd we take our current society for granted, but it would not be so had it not been for the ultimate sacrifice made by millions of brave men and women. And as Joffie said, those who take great risk to their own lives to help others, like the lifeboat guys and firefighters.
Scallar From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 142 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1889 times:
Without doubt my two daughters, 8 and 4 years old, who has just gone through a very tough period with the divorce between me and their mom. They've given me so much support and happiness during this time eventhough it's a terrifying experience for a kid to see their parents separate. It breaks my heart that they had to go through this. They will be my heroes forever.
Babybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1880 times:
My hero is me! I get myself out of all sorts of trouble and always fight for truth and justice.
I don't have commercial heros. I am very impressed by those people who you see helping others with no personal gain to themselves at all. For example, those people who help people cross the road, or stop to help in an accident or help people who collapse in the street or are lost.