Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Heroes can be big, small, popular or famous; however, some heroes can even be average. As many of you know my grandmother happens to be the biggest hero I'll ever have, but I also have another, and I guess it's always okay to have two. My other hero happens to be my older cousin, Anthony. Anthony is one of the biggest role models in my life and continues to guide me with making decisions even though I'm possibly the most indecisive person ever.
When it comes to academics, I look up to my older cousin because he is near-genius. I remember when I was little he'd tutor me and every time I got something right I'd get a snack. Eventually, I got fed up with having to get things right, so I'd just take the snack and hide under the table (I guess I assumed he'd never find me). I have always followed in his footsteps; whether it be choices of school, similar music selection, or favorite movies. My cousin helped me discover my talent with writing and even helped me choose which college I would attend. I am thankful that my cousin never forced his opinions on me but instead guided me to the best of his ability.
This past summer, we took a ten day trip to Italy, Switzerland, and Vatican City. The trip taught me a lot. Not only did I learn some history, but my eyes were also opened to all of the blessings that I have been granted. If it wasn't for my cousin, our trip wouldn't have been possible. It was an awesome experience, and I'm grateful for spending my first time out of the country with my cousin.
He's more than my cousin. He's my best friend and my brother. I'm thankful that he took me in as one of his younger "sisters," because I don't think my life would be the same without him. He is bright, successful, and intelligent. All of the things I strive to be are because of his example.
With all of the setbacks I've faced, I have always been able to depend on my cousin. He is one of my main motivators; whether I need encouragement or help, he's always there to lend a hand. One thing that I find truly makes my cousin a hero is that no matter the situation, no matter the toll it takes on him, he will always be there to support you, even if that means putting his issues aside. My cousin perhaps may not be the figure that you have in mind when you hear the word "hero." You might think of a comic book hero, a scientist, someone famous, or a humanitarian, but I think someone who puts everything aside in their life when you truly need them the most, is someone we should all aspire to be.