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A Personal Hero Story

A Story About My Hero

We take many things granted in life, whether it is material, personal, or emotional. We realize their true value when they are absent from us. Unfortunately, family can fall under this category. But have we ever stopped to think, why should it? This is my personal story about how I found a hero right next to me after years of not realizing it. 

Family is one of the most important things in an individual's life. It is there from the start, and almost all the time, loves one unconditionally. When we find ourselves alone and lost, with no help from friends, family is always there. For those of us who are lucky to have a family, taking them granted can be a great mistake that we won't realize. I always thought of myself as a family man, until it was put to test. Moments came when I had to choose between hanging out with my friends or my family, and many times I chose my friends. My thought process was that family has always been there, and it will continue to be here tomorrow, next week, next year, etc. However, my friends and I might do something more fun and exciting and I rather do that than the usual with my family. I did not realize the value of my family until I started to live on my own. With no one to come home to, talk to, or someone to care for you, one starts to realize that family is your pillar. They are there to celebrate with you, sympathize with you, and love and care for you unconditionally no matter what. It is truly a privilege to have them in your life. 

I always looked at my dad as a kind man and a great father. However, as I got older, my point of view of him got deeper and more meaningful. My dad is a doctor and he is a great one. When I was a kid, I would look at him do his job and I would find it super interesting, but I never took a moment to think about what he did. He did not only care for his family but also other families. We lived in a place where a lot of people were poor or did not have enough money to cover a doctor's visit. This would make my dad accept them with a warmer welcome and open arms because he was willing to do whatever it took to make sure they were okay. 

He knew that he probably would not get paid, and sometimes would come home with less, however, his heart was in a place where no grand price and no luxury can match. My father helped people truly, and not for status or money. I did not realize this when I was younger, but now that I look back on it, I see that every night that he would come back home, and I would take his briefcase from him, his eyes were tired but full of satisfaction. Satisfaction from knowing that he did the right thing every day, even if he did not get anything from it. 

Because of him, many families were able to fill the seats at their dinner tables, watch their children grow up, or children were able to be hugged and loved by their parents. And now, if he ever looks into my eyes, he will see pride, and he will see that I look up to him in every aspect of my life. I don't want to be a doctor because my dad is a doctor, I want to be a doctor because I want to make the difference he made in the world. I want to help people and come home, maybe with empty hands, but with a full heart. A heart full of passion, love, and satisfaction that I made a difference in someone's life, just like my father did, not only in his patients but also in his son. 

We fantasize about superheroes in movies and comic books but we forget that there might be one right next to us. I love Batman, The Flash, and many other cool superheroes, but my all time favorite of them all is my dad. 

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