With the passing of Senator John McCain, it seemed proper for me to try an define what a HERO is. I found this on the internet written by someone with the last name of Bartleby. It’s a good start because McCain certainly possessed all these traits.

            Characteristics of a Hero
“A hero is someone who has given their life to something bigger than oneself”. When we think of heroes most of us think of movie stars or professional athletes, but it’s not always about your popularity or talent it can also be about how you help society. What I think makes a great hero is someone who is able to overcome obstacles in life, is highly motivated, and has plenty of bravery.

Overcoming obstacles may be one of the hardest parts of being a hero. I think it’s the hardest because a lot of people when blocked from doing something just quit. A great example of this trait is Jackie Robinson. He was discriminated against because he was African-American, but he never quit.

In order to be a successful hero, you must be a highly motivated person. Without motivation, you would not be successful because you would have no ambition to try and make a difference in the world. I think Rodney Dangerfield is a great example of this because he started his career at 15 and died while making a movie. In one of his quotes, he stated, “At twenty a man is full of fight and hope and he wants to reform the world. When he’s seventy he still wants to reform the world”.

Bravery is a great hero trait. Bravery is a key quality because you don’t always know what lies ahead of you and you have to be brave to continue. A good example of this is Charles Lindbergh. He was the first person to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. That took a great amount of bravery because no one had ever made it across, so he didn’t know what lies ahead of him.
So as you may see overcoming obstacles, being motivated and being outstandingly brave are keys to becoming a great hero.

            End of essay.

            Overcoming obstacles was something McCain had to learn as his family was well positioned to say the least. Both his father and granddad were 4 Star Navy Admirals. McCain graduated almost last in his Naval Academy class, but then he got serious.

            You might find a picture of John McCain in the dictionary next to the word: motivation! The longer he lived the harder he worked.

            Bravery and McCain are well-documented bedfellows. Seems to me his willingness to take unpopular positions as a Senator demonstrated greatest acts of bravery.

            Hero is an apt term for Senator McCain’s legacy despite what anyone might suggest. Rest in peace Maverick!

            I’m Steve Sauder

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