How to become a superhero – a mortal’s guide

I love superheroes, the idea that a human can fly or become invisible or smash a building in a single blow. I am intrigued by the marvel and DC universe and their portrayal of these superhumans and their “powers and abilities.” In my family we have allocated a hero to each member and we are known by those characteristics. If you want to know mine, you’ll have to call or email me.

In particular, Captain Marvel strikes me, look how her bio is explained on Wikipedia:

As Ms. Marvel, Carol Danvers initially possessed superhuman strength, endurance, stamina, physical durability, a limited precognitive “seventh sense” and a perfectly amalgamated human/Kree physiology that rendered her resistant to most toxins and poison”.

Imagine having all those attributes in one person? So how do you become YOUR own

Superhero? Here are some steps:

1.  Have an awesome backstory

Carol Danvers was from a planet called Kree and like most Superheroes, she had a rough start. What was your start? Where are you from, who are your family? What obstacles did you overcome or are overcoming today to become your own Superhero?

Some people have heart-breaking stories that turn them into heroes for others. So where does your super strength come from? Think about it. Is it a person you look up to and admire? A friend you aspire to and are in awe of? a struggle, a loss. What is your back story? Batman lost and witnessed the killing of both his parents when he was young and was tormented by nightmares ever since. It shaped him into being the one we want on our side when the going gets tough.

Although our past is exactly that, the past, has shaped us and made us and we can choose to

honour it and to give us strength, endurance, and durability.

2.   Get a cause – and own it!

Simon Sinek calls it your “why” in his book. “Find your Why’ he says “People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it. And what you do simply proves what you believe” what’s your purpose, your cause, your protest, your shout, your reason for getting up in the morning. Here’s a clue: it usually is not money, to find out your “why” ask yourself:

–       What am I really good at?

–       What do I do that while doing it I forget time and space?

–       What makes me want to do better?

–       What/who inspires you?

3.   Crush those villains

We fight them every day the ones in our heads telling us we can’t, we are not good enough, the comparison ones. Then there are the haters and the people who keep telling you that they are better. Crush those villains, the villains of self-doubt, fear, anger, illness, toxic relationships, and negativity. Only you can build the reliance of your superhero and stand tall in the greatness that is YOU. It won’t be easy it never is, but damn it is worth it.

Superheroes struggle too, they have their own demons to conquer. Recognise those villains for what they are and slay them one by one with the knowledge that you are a SUPERHERO

In her own words, I give you, Captain Marvel:

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‘I’ve been fighting with one arm tied behind my back, but what happens when I’m finally set free?’

‘I have nothing to prove to you.’

‘This isn’t about fighting wars. It’s about ending them.’

‘Higher, further, faster, baby.’

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