A strong man is one who does not constantly have to prove how “macho” he is. He does what needs to be done. Sometimes that involves unpleasant things, hard things, painful things. A strong man is not afraid to be gentle and loving, to console someone who is fearful, to cry with a soul who is hurting. He can be just as tender as he is tough. He has more than brawn; he has brains, a heart, a soul.
A strong man is not a hero because he is fearless; then he would be a fool. He is a hero because he faces those fears, acknowledges them and tackles that challenge. He tries to do the right thing, even though he sometimes fails. He seeks to improve himself, to go from strength to strength, to be the better man.
John Porter is a hero. So, in my book, is Richard Armitage. Hurray for life’s heroes, real and fictional.