Unsung Heroes

Sep 8, 2011 in , , ,

Today, the Niexter issue found in New Straits Times centers around Unsung Heroes. This is an issue I did with my team, so I was rather excited to see it out! They did a great job, so a round of applause to the team and of course those awesome people who worked behind-the-scenes. Here are two of the articles I wrote:

When the word “hero” is mentioned, the first images that come to mind are of people like Superman, Spiderman, and The Bionic Woman. These are just fictional characters, but we do have heroes with completely human DNA here on earth. They save lives each day, albeit not swooping in on a string of web they shoot from their wrists, or donning a cape.

Heroes come in different shapes and sizes – in the form of a close friend, a relative, and sometimes, even perfect strangers.

There is absolutely no restriction on who can be considered a hero or where he or she should come from, because they are heroes all over the world.

In the midst of all the famous heroes we have had, such as Mother Teresa, Florence Nightingale, and Sybil Kathigasu, we musn’t forget about all of the heroes who haven’t received proper recognition.

Our first heroes when we are young are our parents, because they are our entire world, and because they shower us with love. As we grow older and our horizons expand, we get to know more people we can call heroes, such as teachers and friends who have been through a lot but have come out of it all stronger than ever. There are many people who leave an impact in our lives because they are such a big part of it, and there are others who appear suddenly, and leave a positive mark in our lives. All of these people are our unsung heroes.

True heroes aren’t confined to those you only see on television or on the cover of magazines. They are ordinary people who help others despite not having anything to gain by it, other than feeling good inside from doing so. While we don’t acquire material possessions or wealth from helping people, we do get a tremendous sense of real joy - an emotion that money certainly cannot buy.

Heroes help people regardless of their background and their current situation. They give up valuable time and energy for the benefit of others. These heroes are often courageous people who set aside their fears for people they may not even know. They plunge into life-threatening situations such as raging fires and collapsing buildings just to save lives. They place their own lives in immediate peril, and when faced with opposition, aren't afraid to take a stand for someone.

These heroes who save lives and do great things for humanity deserve a long round of applause. They aren't necessarily defined by the magnitude of their deeds. They are defined by the manner in which they conduct themselves, and how much of their heart they put into their actions. Their character is very important, because heroes are role-models for all - young children, teenagers, and adults alike.

Amongst all of those counted as heroes, perhaps the best kind are the unsung ones because they help others without seeking recognition, and most of them stay unsung simply because they choose to stay anonymous.

And that is commendable because it displays the very essence of being a hero.

Heroes are often thought of as individuals who save lives; individuals who have their own lives to doing so, and who want to make the world a significantly better place for all of us.

However, this image doesn’t accurately portray who all heroes are, because heroes aren’t only people who do newsworthy things and become famous for it. Heroes are also people who try their best, and spread as much positivity around as they possibly can. Of course, this isn’t discounting the tremendous good deeds of those who have indeed saved lives and worked to revolutionize humanity. Aung San Suu Kyi, Ghandi, and Mother Teresa are just a few examples of such wonderful heroes.

As for the heroes who aren’t famous, I know so many of them, and I know that they are truly amazing people whom I look up to, and the world needs more people like them. They have changed lives for the better, and in that way, have impacted the world.

A large part about being a hero involves sacrificing for the benefit of others. Giving up valuable things such as time and money may seem like a big step to take, but at the end of the day, those who do it will tell you that it’s all worth it. Time which would otherwise be wasted can be used instead for a commendable purpose, and money can always be earned back.

Being a hero can be rewarding. Not only are you doing good to others and bringing joy into their lives, but heroes also become persons that others look up to as role models.

So you see, being a hero is something that’s good for the heart, and the best part about it is that everyone has the potential to be one. Just like everything else, you have to start with small sacrifices first, one step at a time.
There are many other awesome articles in Unsung Heroes, so do get a copy and read them for yourself! :)

PS. Happy International Literacy Day to everyone!