Larger than life, running at the speed of light, flying through the air, stopping a speeding freight train with one hand, is…only in our imagination. We love a good superhero story, the adventure, courage, and super human strength make for an entertaining experience. It’s no wonder they live on in our imaginations generation after generation. Kids readily imitate their favorite hero’s defeating the “bad guys.” Many of us have a favorite superhero we root for and are loyal to, usually since we were little kids. You may even have your superhero power picked out as if it is an outfit you can change into at a moments notice.
I love a good real life superhero story. There is enough negative news in the world, my ears always perk up when I hear a positive story make the headlines. We have people in this world, of course, who make it their career to be a hero for someone, to stand up for justice and put their lives on the line. This is wonderful and amazing. Me personally, I root for the unsuspecting, everyday superhero. I find the magic and strength in small but significant daily exchanges between people, not the big grandiose gestures depicted on the silver screen from caped avengers. I am talking about anticipating the needs of others. It is the small things that count. It’s not about how many times you bring flowers home for your loved one, or how many fancy dinners you make. It’s the little daily things that add up to something big. Helping fold the laundry, holding the elevator for someone, pouring your partner a cup of coffee in the morning, sending a friend a message that you are thinking of them and took the time to tell them so, or smiling at someone who looks like they could use a friendly face. We could be someone’s hero in their fight against depression that day. We may never know our true impact on the lives we touch, but then again that is not the purpose.
These kinds of everyday superhero’s come in all different shapes and sizes with nothing overt to alert you to their hero status. Thus, you have to be mindful and keep a keen eye out for those special people and meaningful moments. When someone goes out of their way for you it is not because they have to, but because they want to. You never know, after all those years of dressing up and acting the part of superhero, saving the day…you may have been one all along. So pay attention to the small things and you just may save someone’s day…or they may save yours.