by Merissa Tan
When we hear the word “Superheroes”, what comes into mind are usually depictions of “superhumans” with unnatural strength or abilities, which is not surprising, considering the amount of superheroes films these days. However, these are all works of fiction. Do superheroes exist in real life? I believe they do. I believe we have superheroes among us, who are really just normal human beings, but with an extra touch of kindness, passion, love and everything else that makes humanity great. These people are often underappreciated, which is why I’ve listed just a few examples of the people that I consider as real life superheroes right here ☺
- Ellen DeGeneres
An American comedienne, Ellen hosts her famous talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where she regularly gives out presents to needy and unsuspecting viewers. She ends her every show with the phrase “Be kind to one another!” She was awarded “Favourite Humanitarian” of People’s Choice Awards 2016 for her continued plight to help communities in need and for tirelessly working to raise awareness for organizations and charities that strive to make a difference in people’s lives.
- John Cena
Better known as a professional WWE wrestler than a philanthropist, John Cena is actually an extremely kind gentleman underneath his intimidating, muscular appearance. He had recently become the first celebrity to grant 500 wishes in Make-A-Wish Foundation history, a non-profit organization founded in the United States that arranges experiences described as “wishes” to children with life-threatening medical conditions.
- Arnold Abbott
This one is not a celebrity. He’s a 90-year-old man from Florida who is every bit as normal as you and I! He founded the Love Thy Neighbour charity, and goes onto the streets to feed homeless people with volunteers. However, this act violates a new city law in Ft. Lauderdale that essentially prevents people from feeding the homeless. Mr. Abbott was arrested, but that did not stop him. He went out again to do the same thing two days later, and was charged for the second time. He now faces 60 days in jail or a $500 fine if found guilty.