“If you don’t like your destiny, don’t accept it. Instead have the courage to change it the way you want it to be!” Despite being a reckless and knucklehead kid, Naruto has always stood by his beliefs and ideology; he never allowed anyone to shatter his dreams.
If you put in the hours, the work, and the effort, it will all be for naught if you don’t believe in yourself. Even your faith or destiny can’t stop you if you set your mind on something.
Naruto taught us the meaning of not giving him, Kakashi taught us the value of loyalty and friendship, Might Guy taught us that hard work transcends talent, Zabuza showed us that redemption is always possible, Tsunade showed us to carry on the light of lost ones and move forward. Naruto never stopped imparting life lessons to its viewers, and this is the tale of someone who was inspired to follow in Naruto’s Nindo; this is the tale of Al Vince.
Name: Al Vince M. Malayang
Lives In: Philippines
Hi! Let me tell you my story about how anime changed my life. I am a big fan of the anime series Naruto. Naruto Uzumaki and I have so much in common. But, first, let me tell you my story. I was born and raised here in Cebu City, Philippines. I lived with my mom, dad, and sister. I'm the eldest son. My dad is an engineer, and my mom is a registered nurse. They married very young and had me, but things were bad. Along the way, their relationship went sour. When I was in the 5th grade, my mom left to work abroad and never came, and my dad, an alcoholic, took out his anger on me, just me. My sister was his golden child. Throughout my school days, I was a mediocre student who never got a grade above 75(C+). My GPA was 77.0%. So, my dad told me I was stupid because of my degrees, but I kept moving forward. When I was in college, my friends introduced me to Naruto; at that time in life, I was in a dark place. When I started reading Naruto, the one scene that struck me was the chunin exam when he fought Neji, where he was talking about destiny, which made me realize something. The story of my life does not define who I am. It does not matter how you start; it only matters how you finish. Naruto began when people did not accept him, and now he is the hero who defeated Pain, saved his village who hated him in the first place, was the hero of the 3rd ninja war and became the 7th Hokage at the end of the series. He gained a lot of friends and made bonds. The famous line that goes, "I never back down on my word," stuck with me and helped me a lot in life. Funny how fictional characters help you out more than real people. Naruto made me a better person. Now, I am a Registered Nurse, married, and a father of one, and I vow not to let my child go through what I have been through, and I will never back down on my word because that's my ninja way.
#1 Yesterday’s Failure Don’t Define Your Future’s Achievement
Born with no tools to become a Shinobi, Might Guy’s only option was to focus on the fighting style, taijutsu, to fulfill his dreams. He put his all into training hard and honing his taijutsu abilities, even when the going got tougher. And he imparted the same dedication and persona to Rock Lee, who was born with the same rarity.
So much for a guy who, only on his taijutsu skills, came close to killing Madara – a feat of its own! He may have failed the ninja exam when he was a child, but he never stopped working hard toward his dreams, and we should aim for the same kind of dedication and determination.
#2 Your Destiny, Your Future
Naruto has often shown that anyone can alter their destiny.
Since nobody can accurately anticipate the future, nothing in our life is preset and fixed to the core. Neji Hyuga thought that each person had a predetermined place in society; they could not avoid their fate as a result. And this notion of Neji was changed and altered after a fight between Naruto and him.
Despite his mom leaving him, despite his father turning abusive, Al Vince never let his destiny decide his fate for tomorrow. He took matters into his own hands and kept going till he reached his goal.
#3 My Nindo
“I never go back on my word, that is my nindo! My ninja way!” Naruto, from the beginning, was dead-set on his dream, and he worked very hard and put up with a lot of trauma, tragedies, and falls to reach the final summit.
Once you set your dream, there’s no going back; no matter the steepness of the climb, we must keep moving. And Al Vince rose past all the darkness that tried to pull him down. So, we all have to spread our wings and embrace even the darkest times of our lives, for little we know, the falls teach us more than success.
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