Becoming a Superhero: Based on a True Story by Oliver GalangOliver was a lost child. Even though he had a good background, he managed to screw up his life. He was a military brat. His father served 24 years in the US Navy. His mom was loving and kind, but very strict. Maybe too much discipline was too much for him?
He also had a good education. He was taught in DoDDs (Department of Defense Dependents Schools), similar to private schools, in Portugal and Panama. He even earned a bachelors degree in Business Management from the renown San Diego State University. However, after all that, it was all downhill.
Oliver was a nerd. And he was determined to become a superhero to prove to all the bullies wrong. He worked out hard, even up to five hours a day. He told his psychologist that the reason why he worked out so hard was so he could become a triathlete. However, his real goal was to become a superhero.
Unfortunately, Oliver took a wrong path in life. He got mixed up in women, money, and gambling. He had a theory: To think like a criminal, you must act like a criminal.
See the adventures of our young superhero as he turns his life around....
Chapter 1: Background
I was born in the summer of 1974, in a small town near New Orleans, Louisiana. I had big ears, big eyes and a flat nose. I was a scrawny little boy. I’m sure if I was born from Spartan parents, I would’ve easily been thrown off a cliff, as I would’ve been denounced unfit enough to be a Spartan. Luckily, my parents decided to keep me.
My parents bestowed upon me the name, “Oliver.” Like Oliver Twist? Yes. However, my name didn’t come from a play. It came from a movie called Love Story. It was my parent’s favorite movie back in 1974, and starred Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw. In this movie, Ryan O’Neal played a character named Oliver. Oliver was an intelligent and handsome guy. Unfortunately, my story is a little different.
My dad was a cook or MS (Mess Specialist) in the US Navy. He was an enlisted man, not an officer. He always told me, “If you ever join the military, then become an officer. Don’t be enlisted like me.” He was rather intelligent. However, the only job he could get back then was a cook.
You see, in 1947, the US had a huge base called Subic Bay in the Philippines. The US signed a Status of Forces agreement which required the United States to hire Filipinos. Out of the thousands of Filipinos who took the test, my dad was one of the very few who passed it and was recruited into the US Navy. Of course, the only jobs the US allowed the Filipinos to take were cooks. That’s why you will see a lot of old Filipino cooks in the Navy.
My dad had a hard life in the Philippines. He used to tell me every day how lucky I was to be born in America. He used to tell me how he collected coins in the ditches and cans on the street to support his family. He told me several times that if he hadn’t passed that test, I would’ve been collecting cans too.
I knew I was very fortunate. However, I used to joke around with him all the time saying, “Did it snow in the Philippines too?”
He used to get mad at me all the time for saying that. He would always say that it was no laughing matter. Although I apologized many times, I still didn’t believe he walked ten miles to school and back…barefoot! All joking aside, I knew he had a hard life in the Philippines. With that being said, I just wanted to say that I am truly proud to be an American. I couldn’t imagine my life otherwise…much less collecting cans in the ditches.
However, although I am an American, I am also known as a Second Generation Filipino, meaning my parents were born in the Philippines and I was born here, in the US. Luckily I was born here, in the US, because if I was born in the Philippines, I would’ve been considered very poor. And even though I’m Filipino…I don’t speak the “Tagalog” language.
How to Become a Superhero
Good vs. And, of course, good happens, and the superhero lives on another day to fight his nemesis. There are days when we wish we could fly, leap over buildings, and stop a speeding bullet; there are days when we wish we could magically wipe every problem and difficult person out of our lives. But that is not what superheroes do. And they do so with very specific strengths of character.
In fact, there are forty superhero flicks due to be released before Why do we love superheroes so much? Because they speak to something deep inside of us. We all want to become superheroes. And it turns out that we can, in a way. An origin story is an account of how someone became a superhero. Instead of allowing the bad things that happen to you to drag you down, use them as a catalyst to push yourself to become stronger, smarter, and better.
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Becoming a superhero
The world is a dangerous place and sometimes there's a need for superheroes. Regrettably, there's no real way to gain super strength or to fly like in the comic books. However, that doesn't mean that someone can't become a real life superhero. Across the world, regular people are donning costumes and creating personas to prevent crime and help their communities. Before you can walk the streets protecting others, you need to create a persona and be physically and mentally prepared for the task. To become a real-life superhero, try to always act with honor and integrity by doing the right thing, even when you don't want to, and setting a good example for others.
What if I told you that you can become a superhero? Or even a man of steel — Superman. Characters with extraordinary superpowers, fighting the good fight against villains of the night. Yes, you, my dear developer. You, who spend a good chunk of the day in front of the monitor.