By Ayanna, age 17, Mississippi

The word 'hero' is defined as a man or a woman admired for courage and noble qualities. Today, some people may argue that there is no one worthy of that title.

We always hear about heroes in stories as being men and women who fight battles and defeat all the bad guys with their superpowers. We all know that in reality this cannot be. So who are our real life heroes? People might say policemen, actors and singers, or maybe even teachers.

For me, my hero is my mom. In my eyes she is the ultimate mother. Throughout her life she has been able to get past anything and make all the bad disappear. Since she has no superpowers or the ability to fly she uses her brain to help her get by.

Some people believe that today few people possess the qualities to be a hero, such as leadership. To be a leader, and ultimately a hero, you have to be able to step up and take charge. However, heroes may not even be needed anymore. People in today's society may be strong enough to stand on their own and not need anyone to look up to.

I think the world does not have enough strong-willed people and there are very few people who strive to inspire others. A number of people seem to be looking out for themselves instead of helping others to make our world better.

Who is to say that if we did have those fairytale heroes with superpowers that they would use them to protect and do good things? Real life heroes fall from grace all the time, such as policemen beating innocent people or teachers violating their students. Some actors and singers do drugs, but those are the main people our younger generation consider their heroes.

In my opinion, people should not try to be heroes. They should simply try to be the best they can be and do right when it comes to others, because being a hero today may be too much for a person to take on.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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