Since we were kids, we always had people we look up to. Spiderman, Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman (to name a few) become idols for us from a very young age. But, as we get older, the idea of superheroes seems to fade. We learn that they don’t actually exist… or do they?
A superhero is someone with incredible strength, secret powers, or the ability to do inhuman things. But the reality is, we can all be superheroes in our own way.
Find Out Who You Are and What You Want to Do
Every superhero finds out what strengths they have and use them to better mankind. Superman could fly and had superhuman strength, and Iron Man found a way to use his money to protect people. In your case, all you need to do is a little searching.
What are you good at? What skills do you have? What do you have that could help other people?
After answering these questions, find a purpose to become a superhero. This could be making others happier, protecting others, or just helping them in a general sense. Regardless of what it may be, we all have the ability to become a superhero at something.
To keep it simple, try and come up with a short motto to live by. For example, Batman’s goal is to “Protect Gotham City from Evil”.
Mentally Become a Superhero
Having superpowers is just half of being a superhero. You need to be able to think like a superhero and work on having the mentality of one.
A few examples could be:
- Help others for the sake of helping others. Don’t do it for personal gain, or to benefit others.
- Be confident in who you are and what you can do. Some people may shoot down your ideas, or try and slow you down, but you need to be greater than they are and continue working your superpowers.
- Think about the greater good and have a good moral compass. Doing the right thing is very vague, so it’s best to have some morals or guidelines you will always follow, regardless of the situation.
- Believe that you can accomplish anything you want. Superheroes put their minds to something and get it. The only thing stopping you from being a superhero is you telling yourself you can’t.
- Understand that everything helps. You don’t need to save someone’s life in order to be a superhero; making someone’s day can often be enough.
Give Back to Those Around You
As stated before, you don’t need to save someone’s life to be a superhero. A lot of the time, it’s the littlest things that can make the biggest differences. There are a number of little things you can do to help those around you, including:
- Giving to charity and helping the poor
- Volunteer at community events or at soup kitchens/food cupboards
- Carry out someone’s groceries
- Buy someone else’s meal at a drive-thru
- Complement as many people as you can throughout the day
These are just a few ideas, but they should paint the bigger picture. How did you feel the last time someone commented positively on your appearance or personality? It was probably good and made your day. Remember that you’re a few words or a simple gesture away from making someone else feel that exact same way.
Get in Shape and Work On Yourself
One of the most important things to do as a superhero is to make sure that you’re in the best shape you can be in; both mentally and physically.
In terms of being physically prepared to be a superhero, you’ll want to work on your strength and stamina. Going to the gym and going running can be easy ways to work on both of these aspects. As a superhero, you may run into situations that need strength or speed, so you’ll want to be ready. Or, who knows: maybe you’ll be a role model for younger people. In that case, you’ll want to promote a healthy lifestyle.
When it comes to being mentally healthy, you’ll want to make sure your mind is clear and in the right place. Being human means, we come with emotions, and they can sometimes blur your judgement.
Getting over these obstacles will not only make you sharper as a person. Happiness and a clear state of mind will also make what you’re doing so much more enjoyable and rewarding for everyone around.
Know When to Draw the Line and Stop
While being a superhero can be easy and very helpful to your community, there comes a moment when you need to admit you’ve reached a limit.
One of the biggest indicators will be when you find out you’re in trouble or in danger. If, for example, you come across someone that needs help, it’s beneficial to help them. However, if you find out that what hurt them might also be a threat to you, get to safety and call for someone else who is more qualified to deal with the problem.
This is especially important when standing up to things like crime. If someone is in danger, help them as much as you can. But remember that, if someone’s getting mugged, it’s just as helpful to call the Police and report the person in extreme detail as it is to step in yourself.
Also, if what you’re doing becomes too heavy mentally and financially on you, make sure you stop and sort out your own problems first. Even superheroes need to step back every now and then.
In conclusion, superheroes aren’t just characters we believe in as kids. They’re in our everyday lives. And with the right preparation and proper mentality, you can find yourself living up to your childhood dreams in no time.