Our lives seem to mirror that of those tight wearing super heroes. We seem just like them, but not quite. We may be very similar to Wonder Woman, Batman, Spiderman, and Superman. There is something missing however, but we’ll get to that in a moment.

At the heart of it all we are just ordinary people and so are they. We and they go about our business by heading to school, going to work, and doing the truly ordinary things that fills their day. And then something happens. We are impacted by the traumatic murder of our parents, a shake up amongst the gods, bit by a spider, or we are saved from our lands destruction by becoming a refugee somewhere else. 

No matter what the trigger, at some point in our life, we are shaken away from our comfortable slumber and have to embrace the fact that we are human. We have to embrace the reality that we are powerful beyond measure, that we are super heroes.

You don’t have to give yourself a cool name, or look for a side kick. There is no such requirement. You also don’t have to run off to the nearest fabric store to design yourself a unique crime fighting outfit. There is no need for that either. But you do have to face the mirror and see yourself as an extraordinary person, because you are.

But it’s time to get back to what we are missing. 

Super heroes are born out of our human imagination and we are just like them, except that you may not have any divine, god-like genetics, and are actually afraid of spiders. Maybe you are not a refugee, or a millionaire, and maybe your parents or grandparents are sipping tea and discussing politics as we speak.

We are different because we stake our lives on a trigger event. A trigger event and a lab mishap that never comes. We spend a big chunk of our super hero existence waiting for someone to come along and discover us, but they are not coming. The person who needs to discover your amazing abilities lives deep inside of you and the trigger event that you are waiting for might as well happen right now. 

Let today be the day everything changes. Let today be the day, many years from now, you’ll point to and say that it made all the difference.

We’re just like super heroes. There is nothing they have that we do not. Superman can fly and so can you. Wonder Woman can make people say the truth, but so can you. Bruce Wayne has the financial resources to watch over and help his broken city, and there are plenty of resources all around you for you to do the same. The cape is optional, of course.

The one great common that all super heroes have is that they go out and they try to make the world a better place. They fight crime. They fight hate. They try to make a difference in someone’s life. So can you. You don’t need to be any more special than you already are. You don’t need to wait any longer. You just have to decide to be just like your favourite super hero.

Oh, and maybe pick yourself out a really cool shnazy nickname.

(I’m still working on mine).

Cover photo generously provided by photographer TK Hammonds.