With the new Man of Steel movie out and breaking all kinds of records, I got to thinking why we need someone who is above average, to inspire us. There are so many people, all around us who give when they have nothing, who help when they know there is nothing to gain, who go out of the way to make a difference in real people’s lives.
As plausible as the movies might seem to you, you cannot but pause to wonder why we idolize a man who is faster than a speeding bullet (super man), who heals faster than normal humans (spider man), one who is master of martial arts (bat man), and the list goes on. Somewhere we have been taken over by fantasy and lost faith in reality. There is a gap between the improbable and the practical, so where do we find it?
Social awareness, volunteering, being part of a charity all these activities are teeming with superhero, selfless, committed and always cheerful. No evil nemesis in tow, no glamorous lifestyle, no fame or fortune, just everyday joes, who wish to remain anonymous. So here’s a salute to all of them, everyone who has ever gone out of their way to help a fellow human being, an animal or the environment.
There is a project called the, “The Real Life Super Hero Project that was conceived as an avenue to shine some light on this new breed of activism and altruism, through a photographic installation to benefit the established organizations the superheroes believe in. But as more people were brought into the wholly volunteer project, the scope and purpose expanded exponentially.”
There are many aspects to being a super hero, and each one of us should strive to rise beyond our everyday problems to make that difference in someone’s life. In our communities, across the world, even right next door. We are taught to treat others as we would like to be treated, let’s start to make a difference now so our kids see us as super heroes and idolize our everyday courtesy and commitments as “the only way to live”. Faster than someone else can help, let me is my motto now.