It used to be said that it takes more facial muscles to frown than to smile, but recent science has proven the opposite: that in fact it generally takes more muscles to get that smile on your face. So isn’t it interesting that in life we often find that so many people get around with a poor attitude, rather than put in the extra effort to be positive and have a good attitude! Now you might wonder what the hell that has to do with being a superhero, so let’s examine a few circumstances in which you can begin to be the hero in your own life.
- we all experience bad stuff in our life, whether it is a loved one who dies, a partner who leaves, a child who rebels, an aged parent losing their ability to live independently, a job coming to an end, or chronic pain or illness. Whatever that ‘thing’ is, you have the opportunity to give in to your anger, sadness or grief when it comes, or overcome it and make a choice to get through. That simple decision will have a profound impact on your life and when you look back sometime in the future you will be amazed how far you have come.
- all new parents very quickly realise that they are being watched by their growing children all day, every day. They look to see if your words match your actions, if you do what you promise, if you behave as you have told them to, and if your word means anything at all. What many people fail to realise is that similar eyes are also watching them at work, in the shops, at social events, and even when chatting to friends. Once you recognise this, a great opportunity arises to be the person you really want to be, knowing that others will hold you accountable if you don’t.
- if you have watched any Superman movies you will soon come to know about his mortal secret. Unfortunately, all his enemies must have been watching the same movies as they all seem to get their hands on some kryptonite sooner or later! Now while you might wonder why so many superheroes have some failing, it really sets a great example for us in life. We can step up to the challenge when it comes, knowing that we too can still be vulnerable at times. None of us are totally immune to everything that comes our way and it is okay if something terrible stops you in your tracks occasionally. As long as you remember that all superheroes get back up and fight on eventually.
- you know that not everyone loves Batman right? But then not everyone loves Wonder Woman, The Flash, or any number of heroes. And that’s okay. Because not everyone will love you either. Sorry, but it is a fact of life, so get over it. As soon as you do, you will realise that haters don’t stop Batman being who he is. It doesn’t prevent Wonder Women doing what she does either. They accept it and move on. And you need to as well.
- one thing that superheroes generally have in common is that they strive to make a difference in their community. It is not all about them (“look at me fly, aren’t I awesome!”) . Instead they focus on helping others, keeping their community safe and fighting the bad guys who come their way. As a superhero you can also make a commitment to be a better person and help lift others you meet. This is something you can do every day when you really listen to people, be there for them, and help those who need assistance. And of course you can’t do these things for others unless you keep yourself healthy, eat well, fill your mind with encouraging thoughts, and keep that good attitude.
While none of the above will probably convince you to don your cape or wear your underwear over your pants, it will hopefully assist you to live truly authentic lives where you take good care of yourself and those around you. Imagine a world where more people stopped judging friends, beating up the weak, taking advantage of others, and wreaking relationships. Wouldn’t that be a nice world to live in!
Drop us a comment below if you are ready to become the superhero in your own life.
Living each adventure,
Christine and Trevor
Empowering people to live a healthy, active, authentic and fulfilling life.
Adelaide, South Australia.
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