For as long as I can remember, I have always been an avid reader. During my childhood, I was particularly fond of action and adventure stories where against all odds, the protagonist would rescue the damsel in dress, vanquish the antagonist and would finally save the city from great evil.
To this day, my fascination for these books has not wavered, though age and maturity have concomitantly brought a newfound realization. A story involving magic and dragons is surely enthralling for any fourth-grader, but this interpretation
fails to accurately convey the deeper messages I drew from these stories.
I learned that humankind's capacity to do remarkable things exists beyond the pages of a book. Everyone can do good things and doing so does not necessitate the use of
a sword or a spell book. In fact, you have surely encountered a number of heroes in your lifetime. Your parents came to the rescue when you first scraped your knee from playing outside and your teachers imparted you with knowledge,
thus delivering you from the untold evil of ignorance.
All actions have the potential to make a world of difference, notwithstanding how big or small the gesture may appear. Whether it is to raise proceeds for destitute persons through a variety show or collaborating with a student organization to organize sandwich run for homeless persons in Montreal, all actions can have a positive influence on society.
I exhort you to be a hero for someone and make a difference. It is one of the best decisions you will have ever made.