Why do we love a superhero?
We have been fascinated by the idea of superheroes for almost a century now. Since Superman first hit the shelves in 1938 children and adults alike have been enchanted by stories of people with superhuman abilities.
I have to confess I am a fan. As a child I loved Superman and Wonder Woman and as I have grown older I have grown to love all the Marvel films. The escapist plots and magical characters combined with a great sense of humour are the perfect way to relax and escape from the stresses and strains of the modern world.
But do you need to be bitten by a spider or born on another planet to be a superhero?
Of course not! Last week I went to see Les Miserables the Concert. I have seen this musical so many times over the last 25 years I have lost count, I love it. It is the story of an every day Superhero. Jean Valjean is stronger than the average man, especially when he needs to help someone. He manages to live outside the law, helping the poor and caring for Cosette, keeping the promise he made to her mother.
An every day hero. Doing the best he can to make the world a better place.
But he was a criminal, on the run from the law throughout the story.
Yes he was, but for what? Stealing some bread to save the life of his niece or nephew. Not exactly murder.
Superheroes walk among us every day.
People who are fighting incredible inner battles with anxiety, depression or unthinkable pain. People who care for their children or loved ones without a second thought for themselves and their needs. Parents who give their children the only food and go hungry themselves but continue going out to work. Firefighters who walk bravely into burning buildings to rescue others. The teachers who take extra food in for their hungry students.
All these people are superheroes.
These amazing people help others every day. Most without ever understanding the impact of their actions on others.
It isn’t easy to be so giving and selfless. It’s often easier to help someone else than it is to help yourself though isn’t it?
“You are stronger than you believe. You have greater powers than you know.”
How often do you put other’s needs before your own?
We all do it don’t we?
We make ourselves ill sometimes making sure that everyone else is cared for. So today I am asking you to be your own superhero. To care for yourself with the same determination and fearlessness that you care for others.
I am asking you to be brave in your choices, to follow your heart and to believe in your own abilities.
Be your own superhero!
You don’t have to be incredibly strong, you don’t have to have a cape or be able to fight like a warrior. You just need to believe in your ability to change the world, starting with you.
Make yourself a priority. Keep your body and your mind healthy. Rest when you need to rest and believe that you can make a difference. If our favourite superheroes had thought that they were too insignificant to make a difference, where would we be?
Every single one of us has the ability to change the world. Whether it is a random act of kindness or saving a bee, buying someone a coffee or helping someone carry a heavy bag. Make the decision today to make a difference in your world, and the world around you.
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