We have received an overwhelming number of tales, and we are grateful to every contestant for sharing their story with us. Alas, there can only be one winner, and we choose this tale because a hero is more than comic books and anime; a hero is someone who is selfless and puts the needs of others before his, and this tale is precisely the embodiment of that ideology.
“A hero can be anyone. Even a man doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat around a young boy’s shoulders to let him know that the world hadn’t ended.” A hero can be anyone, you, your parents, your grandparents, the person sitting next to you; superhuman strength alone does not qualify one to become a hero.
It did not take one means to make a giant leap and set foot on the moon; it was a cumulative effort of hundreds of thousands of heroes who made it possible.
From a cop putting a coat around a young boy’s shoulder to a sensei treating his student to ramen to a man dressing up as a superhero to bring joy to kids, irrespective of your size, color, or sex, you are a hero to many! And this is the tale of Joseph and his heroic moment.
Lives In: U.S.A
As a black kid living in the U.S, I am used to all kinds of stuff that life throws at me. There was this guy who I used to hate. All he does is bully kids, and unfortunately, I was one of them, but this isn't about me, the black community, or bullying, and I believe this must be shared with the fandom. Way back in 2013, I remember seeing Henry Cavill's Man of Steel with my pals, and I'll return to how all this ties up. I was so inspired by the film and Henry Cavill's physique that I started working out and genuinely wanted to spread happiness and inspiration. One day at a crosswalk near my gym, I spotted a baby carriage, and I was curious to see that kid. Due to some wind, The wheels started moving, and it began to fall right onto a speeding vehicle. I was already super tired and was worn out when I got out of the gym and couldn't move a muscle. Even if I wanted to, I would most certainly get hit by the vehicle. Also, To be honest, My brain started saying don't do it. What if you fell under the vehicle? It's scary. Not everyone has the guts to do that. At this moment, I heard the iconic Hans Zimmer's Flight track from the movie in my head. I remember this one line saying, "You will give the people of Earth an ideal to strive towards." Then I did it. I saved the baby and got hit, but her smile just melted my pain away. Weeks later, I got a call from that guy I mentioned earlier. I don't know what in the world he wants with me now. Anyway, I decided to hear him out and met him.To my surprise, The baby I saved was his little sister. You all should see his face. He was so full of guilt and just broke down, begging to forgive him. I could never forget that. Crazy world, right? Maybe I had what it took to do that all along, but I cannot deny the fact that superheroes provided me with the push I needed. No matter what happens in your life, Always be on the look for others. We don't know what kind of day they are having. All it takes is one little gesture to make their lives better. Be the light in someone's darkness. Keep doing amazing things fandom.
#1 The First Step
From Samuel Wilson to John Stewart, Many comic heroes have faced discrimination through and out; if people with superhuman power failed to put an end to discrimination. How difficult would it be for a working citizen? And the story of Joseph is no different, but like many superheroes, he did not give up either.
Despite extreme bullying, he kept pushing himself and kept moving forward. And the ability to move forward even when life tries to put them down is nothing less than a superhuman ability. Inspired by Henry Cavill’s Superman, Joseph joined a gym. And knowingly or unknowingly, he took the first step to better himself; occupation is ever so important to keep up with the high-paced thoughts.
#2 You Can Become a Hero Too
“Top heroes leave legends from their school days. Many of them end it with these words, ‘My body reacted before I could think.’ And that is what happened with Joseph; even though he was tired, even though his muscles gave up, even though his mind acted said no, Joseph still ran towards the danger to save the baby.
All Might said to Deku, “You too can become a hero,” and Joseph showed it to us in reality; all you have to do is believe in yourself, and no one can stop you from becoming a hero.
#3 Rising To The Challenge
“When There’s Nothing To Be Gained, Rising To The Challenge At Those Times…Is Surely The Mark…Of A True Hero!!”
A hero is not someone who puts his life in harm’s way to save someone; a hero can also be someone who can put a smile on a person who is down and low. The world we live in is small, and every decision of yours can have a butterfly effect. Would Joseph back out of saving the baby if he knew that she was the little sister of his bully?
No, he would not have backed out. He was inspired throughout his life to look after others, and even his bully can’t take his dedication away. From a cop putting a coat over a scared boy and reassuring him to a sensei treating a shunned kid to ramen, every small gesture can go a long way in shaping the future of those on the other side.
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This tale is truly inspiring.
This tale is truly inspiring.