Superheroes have taken over the movie industry. From Captain America to Ant-Man to Thor and Black Panther, Guardians of the Galaxy to Batman, Wonder Woman and Spiderman, America LOVES superheroes. The combined domestic box-office revenue in 2018 alone is over 3 billion US dollars! Why is that?
Why do you think superheroes are so popular?
Human beings can relate to both sides of the superhero coin. On one side, we have someone caught in a desperate or perilous situation. They are stuck and cannot get out on their own. Consequently, they need to be rescued. On the flip side, we have the superhero, who, because of their special power, is the only one capable of saving the doomed individual. There are two kinds of people in the world: those who need to be rescued and those who are the rescuers. We can all find ourselves in one or both of these categories at different times in our lives.
Have you ever wanted to rescue someone? To be the one to ride in on a white horse & save a person from their circumstances or lifestyle? Being a hero is one of the primary things that motivates me in life. I didn’t realize it until recently and I couldn’t see it for myself. It was pointed out to me by my life coach. Heroism is gender neutral, both men & women can be heroes.
When my coach said, “You want to be a hero,” it thrilled me.
My heart was lifted and I was excited to think that I had a purpose in life. Figuring that one out has been challenging for me so it was a real boost for my morale to hear her say those words. We talked a little about the Wonder Woman movie and how absolutely cool that character is. Wonder Woman is not afraid of anything or anyone. She is mighty, fierce and a force to be reckoned with and yet, she cares deeply about other people and is not selfish.
When she heard about the outside world and the horrible war that was happening, she felt compelled to do something about it. Even though she was raised in a completely protected environment where she could’ve stayed and remained safe, she chose to leave that safety and enter a corrupt and evil world. Her goodness and strength enabled her to fight evil and make a difference in the world. Wonder Woman is my hero.
What does it mean to be a hero?
I want to emulate Wonder Woman’s character qualities: her fearlessness, strength, selflessness, compassion, justice-seeking, ass-kicking qualities. For me, it involves helping other people see the mess they are in & helping them discover a way out. Rescuing people from their own misery, whether self induced or put upon them. Personally, I have struggled through some challenges in my own life and come out on the other side, sometimes with the help of others and sometimes on my own. Always with the abiding faithfulness of God, gently prompting me to make good choices. I can help others do the same thing.
We see people all around us who are hurting. Take a minute to think about the people you know. It might be in their relationships or struggling to make ends meet. Perhaps they’ve been devastated by disappointment and unmet expectations. People who want a better life but keep running into roadblocks. So many people are their own worst enemies, like the guy at work who feels inferior but it comes across as arrogance and everyone just thinks he’s a jerk.
What about the lady at the bar who shamelessly flirts with your man but really she’s desperate for genuine love in her life. We all have loved ones or friends battling addictions that limit their abilities to make forward progress. We all know someone who’s been touched by cancer in one way or another. Maybe you know someone who has issues with God and can’t seem to find peace in life.
Maybe you are that someone
I believe that nothing that happens in our lives is wasted. Whether hardships & struggles, or joys and victories, God can use all of it for our benefit & for the benefit of others. So I want to help other people discover ways they can grow in their personal lives by sharing my experience in personal growth and development. Why should people continue to suffer the battle of self doubt and be their own worst enemy when I know there is a better way.
How can I just sit by and do nothing if I know someone is struggling to find peace in their life? It would be irresponsible handling of the gifts I’ve been given if I don’t use them to help others.
So it is time for me to leave the safety of my secret island and go for it! I’ve lived a safe life for so long, I am ready for this change. I feel like I’m about to strap on a rocket and blast off!! Wonder Robin to the rescue! It will be exciting to see how God will use me as I lean into this new identity. He’s been preparing me for this throughout my whole life. Now I want to be a change agent for others.
Where do you see yourself? Are you struggling with life, having a hard time navigating? I encourage you to reach out and ask for help.
Maybe you feel like a hero. Have you put yourself out there? Do the people around you know you are there for them?
Let me know where you see yourself and what action you will take to make a difference. I’d love to hear from you!