Do you recall having a duty that brings meaning to your life? It could be anything – school, home, or pets. Do you ever look to a hero of your dreams and say, “I wish I could be like you”? Well, you know what? You can be the hero of your own dreams! Imagine being the legend that everyone adores and respects. Well, every hero and legend begins with a little task, known as responsibility. All you have to do is take charge of your life by accepting a bit of responsibility. Start small by helping your parents and taking care of your pets. Show your family the new responsible you, and care for your studies. Nothing is impossible! You can get that C up to an A. Responsibility requires care and being honest with yourself along with respect to what you can and cannot do. Responsibilities are heroic deeds that require certain skills and civic duties that can determines our paths.

           All legends, like Julius Caesar, took responsibility. He took responsibility of his country and expanded the Romans’ land and culture. Julius Caesar was a known hero to many people. In addition, Martin Luther King took responsibility and became a leader in the U.S. and fought for a nonviolent world; he was a peacemaker, also known as a hero. There are also unrecognized heroes, such as parents, who have a lot of responsibilities like getting their children an education and food in order to be a healthy individual. This, too, helps our countries as well as leads to world development. Teachers have the responsibility to teach and make sure students learn new things every day and understand their lessons. It is the doctor’s responsibility to have the knowledge to treat an ill patient. Engineers are responsible for building our world into a better place and making stable and reliable shelters. Heroes are all around us! There are those who are visible and those who are not, but they all are the same to the world. Developing and evolving yourself is a kind of responsibility along with the many other kinds of responsibilities.

Responsibilities are all around you. Lawyers and the government have legal responsibilities to help children who are living below the poverty line. Legal responsibilities are made by the law, whereas moral responsibilities are feelings that people believe are essential to do and wrong not to do them. Fair treatment to all customers is a moral responsibility. Picking litter up from a local park is a social responsibility. It is concern about your community. The last kind of responsibility is personal responsibility – responsibility to one’s self.

Being a responsible person is an important aspect in life and not only does it give you the privilege of feeling like a hero, but it also makes you feel you did your duty. There are consequences of being irresponsible and lazy. First, you would not be remembered as you desire to be, nor be the hero you want to be as there is no duty that you have taken on in your life. Not doing your work doesn’t only affect you negatively, but the community you live in. Imagine if a teacher was irresponsible – the children would be clueless in that subject. If doctors didn’t exist, our Earth would be full of illnesses and nobody would try to help contribute to the evolvement of our planet as they’d all sick. If engineers didn’t take their work seriously, our homes would be destroyed after several months as they were neither built nor designed properly. Our world would fall to pieces without education, diseases would be widespread and ruined shelters and careless parents would corrupt children. A world without responsibilities is a broken world.  

            In conclusion, responsibility is a main necessity in life, a duty or obligation to satisfactorily perform or complete a task (assigned by someone, or created by one’s own promise or circumstances) one must fulfill, which has a consequent penalty for failure. As Winston Churchill once said, “The price of greatness is responsibility.” Each and every person have their own responsibilities: parents to their children, children to their education. Everything around us is built up by responsibility, love, and dedication to the work given to us. A project has people with different roles and each person has different responsibilities. As Dietrich Bonhoeffer once said, “Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.”

By Nada Ali