Back then, the only way to become a hero was to die fighting for something and making sure that history remembers you. Now, in this day and age you do not have to sacrifice yourself in order to be a hero. You do not need to do something spectacular or attention-grabbing (in a good way) to become a hero. Anyone can be a hero! All you need to do is to be yourself.
I know it sounds confusing, but bear with me here. All I’m saying is that you shouldn’t have to change yourself and be somebody you’re not. You don’t have to have awesome sword-fighting skills or great leadership capabilities. There will come a time when you’ll be put in a situation and only you can save the day. It may not be a role as big as leading the Katipuneros in battle against the Spaniards, but what you decide to do in that moment will define your heroism.
Will you shy away from the opportunity given to you or will you take it head-on and show everyone what you’ve got? Will you be determined or will you be lazy? Those factors affect the people’s opinion of you being a hero or not. After all, titles are given to you by others, you don’t make them up (unless if you’re conceited). But more than receiving titles, you should always make sure that you actually deserve it.
So, I say to you all: Be yourself, be responsible, do your job well. If you are a student, study hard. If you’re a parent, take care of your kids. If you’re a teacher, make sure that your students are learning from you. These little things, when done, add up to something worthwhile. And in time, you leave behind a legacy that is worthy enough to have been called a legacy left behind by a hero.
-Astin Louis Padlan, 2012-35579