It’s rough being normal. You’re just like everyone else. Your flaws are just a little too familiar to be interesting, your interests are pretty standard flair for someone of your age, and likely, you’re not doing as much with your life as you think you could be doing. What makes it worse is that so many people think they’re really important. Maybe they run a big company, or have ten children, or have written a best selling book, or are just plain arrogant. So the normal person goes through life, and feels as though they should probably be a little better than they actually are. I mean, if all these other people are so important, then surely, I should be that important too, right?
But here’s the thing. You’re better than you think you are. You’re not normal in the slightest, only in as much as everyone is bloody amazing. Truth is, you’re a hero.You’re an inspiration. You’re everything someone else wants to be, and more. I’ll say it again; you’re better than you think you are.
Human beings have used stories to inspire each other for thousands of years, and the chances are good that we’ll continue to do so for as long as we’re alive. Stories provide a vehicle to demonstrate values and share positivity, to show meaning and teach lessons. Humans love a good story and we love to make things sound grandiose. Hence, the superhero. They provide for us an exaggerated version of our own powers, our own greatest strengths, our own characteristics. It is in those characteristics that you’ll find just how amazing you really are. Superheroes couldn’t exist, if we didn’t identify with them, if we didn’t feel that there’s a bit of us in each of them.
Batman shows discipline. So do you.
Superman shows responsibility. So do you.
Spiderman shows tenacity. So do you.
Wolverine always gets up. So do you.
Superheroes are never all that interesting because of their powers. They’re interesting because of what their powers allow them to show to the world, because of what their powers bring out of them – their natural characteristics, exaggerated to make a point about human beings – of just what we’re capable of being, of what we are.
And really, we’re amazing. You have a super-power. You have something special. A winning characteristic, that, were you a character in a comic book or a movie, would be the critical element in your story, would be the lynchpin of your triumph, would make others look up and say “I want to be like that.”
The question is not what super hero you’d like to emulate. The question is what kind of a super power you already possess – what is your characteristic? What is your greatest strength? What is your super power?
Go use it.
“Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one’s own sunshine.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson