A Superhero is a symbol. Courage, responsibility, sacrifice, and hope pushed out to the Maximum. It is the ultimate projection of what a human being can see himself as. A hero that can rise out of poverty and build something that sustains many lives at once. A hero that can rush into danger and disaster to collect and treat victims with their knowledge and skill in health and medicine. A hero that can open jars, solve mathematical questions for a kid or protect teenagers from bullies, debts, and bad life decisions.
Capes or tights can only make you look different.
But to stand out, to truly be above and beyond from the cold and dark places of life is to become that symbol.
There’s a lot of heroes in Gods and legends of every culture in the world. Some like Rama from Hinduism embody Honor, even as it tears their lives open. Susanoo no Mikoto from Shintoism is a great example of valor. Jesus the Christ is loved and believed in because of the generosity of his spirit. Muhammed, the founder of Islam was compassionate enough to go check on the health of those who treated him like trash. There’s even Salmon of Knowledge, the Irish legend of a really wise big fish.
Anybody could be a superhero. It’s only a matter of ripping off our clothes and showing the symbol on our chests.
We need heroes in our lives as Humans, no matter what age we are in. Something to Inspire us to be better.
I’ve been doing my research. Both in popular culture and among real-life heroes. I’m here to share what I found. The patterns I noticed. I will share everything I know, if there’s more to it, share it with me in the comments section. I will be engaging in a little hero worship here, but most of this is to highlight my point. It’s a new, beginning. Tell me you’re in it-
Engaging in social work, trying to understand the needs of the people while working in a way to promote general well being while trying to be as disruptive as possible is a sort of psychological training. One gets better at picking out liars, to invest in the goodness of people, the need to be the reason for somebody’s safety, success or happiness. Research shows that as much as 10 minutes a day of volunteering for a good cause or donating things to the needy can increase your ability to counter sudden fear or intimidation by a staggering 33%. Plus, you feel like you can change the whole world, take it over and start it over.
Surviving a disaster-
The need to stand for more than oneself, to be there for everybody and to face anything can come from an acquaintance with a natural disaster. There are stories of people with a renewed perspective on life, a newfound faith in God and a sudden sense of responsibility all over the world. Though I don’t ask you to go headlong into a disaster right now, it is worth mentioning that any survivor of nature’s fury is three times as likely to be heroic in their behavior. Nobody really knows what we can truly be until there really is no other choice.
Being a loner-
People have a herd mentality. You will notice that its easier for a person in a group to ignore an old lady that just collapsed in a supermarket. Or when you’re at the movies with your friends, loudmouthed and hurtful people are overlooked because most of the people want to avoid trouble. When you’re on your own, there’s no one else to delegate that responsibility to. You don’t look around for ushers, doctors, security or some other good soul. You get up and help.
Surround yourself with people like that. Or stay on your own. It is that simple.
Do not be one of the bystanders. You don’t need them to believe in you to be real.
See trouble, Act now-
Ever since people have learned to talk, we’ve also learned to lie. And a little lying is never harmless. Thing is Human beings are the only creature on this planet that has the distinct possibility of going insane. Our habits and structures make it so. So every time we lie and act like we’re speaking the truth, we enforce a weakness inside our spirits. It’s called denial.
Remember that one time that you saw the danger and your mind kept going “this cant be happening” or “why is no one helping me.” Your mind gets stuck in a loop producing chemicals that induce a paralyzing emotional state. Get rid of it. There’s a problem, see it, accept things as they are, not as the way you want them to be. Then take responsibility, take action accordingly.
Meditation and self-introspection may help you with this. Stand up and Look alive.
Your instincts can only function well if you are in a calm state of mind. When you decide to take action, especially in a really scary situation, its hard to be calm. Though it might be too much to do in a situation that demands instant action, Take a moment to breathe. Calm yourself for a few seconds. Shivering hands seldom save lives, and rattled minds almost never find a solution. You cant afford to have either in a spot where you or someone else needs you urgently. These are the moments that change destinies and rewrite histories.
There are a hundred of voices ringing inside your head, “what do I do now,” “how did this happen,” “it’s their fault” and so many more. And in the real world, there’ll be a lot of people hanging around you in a troubled spot sometimes. All of these, within and without are there to help, but they are confusing, haphazard, maddening. That’s why you need to take charge. Find your voice, make it louder than the rest and delegate tasks.
Ask the gawking teenager near the accident to get some water. Reassign fear of failing a test from worrying to studying.
It’s not enough for a single-minded being to be better than the rest. They have to take it to the top and make themselves a superstar.
Take charge. Go get it now.
I recommend a cup of coffee a day. It helps everyone now and then.
There’s a color code for situational awareness in the US special forces. White for when people are asleep, yellow for a guard on watch duty, orange for an enemy sniper stalking and surveying you from some high vantage point and red for a full-blown firefight with multiple hostiles. The unfortunate irony of our times is, that even as they wake, the modern individual is in a constant state of white alert.
We’ve drowned ourselves in our smartphones, the music playing on our earphones, the memory of the movie we saw last night or this argument we had with our family.
Stay on constant yellow alert. Be on constant guard, stay alert, make a habit of always being deliberate in all things you do. The more you do this, the sooner you’ll be able to spot possible dangers, disasters waiting to happen, traps and sudden developments. You’re ready for a fight.
The more aware you are, the easier it gets to react fast. Your brain and your entire nervous system is, in fact, a network of information and signals working continuously. The best computers you have, no matter how advanced, can slow down, overheat, if overloaded with applications and running software. Apply that same logic here. How many people wallowing in self-pity ever helped someone else. How many overthinkers ever became overachievers. How many people not even aware of the circumstances have ever saved the day.
Cleanse it all, get rid of the mental clutter. End that song playing in your head, stop thinking about the things that upset you, get back into the real world. Become more aware, more alert and you’ll notice something. Your hands will begin to catch the newspaper that was thrown at your door. It will be easier to dodge a jab while boxing or hit a curveball in baseball. Reflexes move faster when the neural roadways are clear of traffic. Fast reactions are the most valuable weapons of a hero.
Take a break in whatever you are doing every 25 minutes, move around, look around for 5 minutes. This way you won’t be preoccupied or lose your awareness, and you’ll be more focused and alert in what you do.
Now comes the hard part
Adrenaline is a powerhouse of a biochemical in our bodies. People suddenly displaying super strength and super speed in times of danger isn’t uncommon. But whats amazing is that the amount of adrenaline in their system at the time is no more than 0.00005 mg in every liter of their blood. This chemical can slow down the perception of time by a factor of 10, suddenly give you enough strength to lift a car and make you alert enough to notice the direction of the barrel of a gun and dodge before they pull the trigger.
At any time you can get your mission on lock and see it through. You’ve got all the power you need in yourself.
And with all this power, comes a very real chance of its mismanagement. Too often people get stuck in a fear/worry mental image loop, sweat profusely, feel weak and shivering in the body, have blurry vision and in a moment, collapse to the ground. This here is called a panic attack. here’s how you control this-
Step 1– Breathe. stay loose. Easy does it.
Step 2– Scream your head off. Sounds silly but is very useful. Exactly why warriors of the past had war cries, and why people in a dangerous situation start speaking louder than normal.
Step 3– Save the day
Being a Superhero is amazing. It turns you instantly into the best version of yourself. Your insecurities are gone, your problems start appearing manageable and your self-esteem soars like never before. You’ll Fight until you’re winning. And there also some other benefits that start appearing over time. Lets dive in to open our bag of gifts-
With practice and awareness, pain and pleasure start losing their power over us over time. It gets easier to exercise our immense reserves of stubborn behavior. People have been buried alive in mines, drugged, stabbed and shot, been swallowed by whales and still make it home. Imagine taking that kind of resolve into our daily lives.
Alertness begets observation and observation enhances our ability to understand things. Overtime, people more aware than others can pick on patterns, symbols, meanings faster and better than ever before. We understand more, the things around us, the mistakes of the past, the problems of the future and the minds of people right next to us.
The more you deal with the magical fluid called adrenaline, the easier it gets to reacquaint with your body. You become aware of its strengths and weaknesses. And as you use it further, you get a sense of confidence, that you can do better, Move faster, push farther. A zeal to improve your physical performance takes you to a whole new level.
Your skill improves in leaps and bounds in all things you do as you develop a habit of deliberation and constant awareness. It gets easier to develop muscle memory and form patterns and methods to victory. Your mind gets wired to find tactical ways to achieve goals for much less expenditure of energy. And the ability to adapt helps too.
Heightened self-esteem and constant awareness of your ability to manage all kinds of dangers make it easy for you to take risks, be bolder, and live louder. Your ability to understand dangers and respond reasonably awakens. Life turns magical, phenomenal. Every moment turns into an opportunity for a new adventure.
As one stands calm, alert and grounded, details begin to present themselves. What you could barely remember grows vivid in your mind and you understand and form connections. Sherlock Holmes could congratulate you if he could. You’ll be able to find clues, make observations and understand events as if you’re a prophet. You’re a detective now.
Coping with danger
The more time we spend with our new friend adrenaline, the easier it gets to get him to work on our side. Panic attacks are gone. We are calmer, focused and alert. It’s harder for us to ever trip or lose our balance again. Incoming danger seems to be moving in slow motion. Our brains are faster, laser-focused to finding some good solutions.
Exotic and useful tools
Okay, this may take a little work, but its worth it. With our newfound superhero abilities, we see what is needed in all things we do. We notice patterns, understand necessities and then realize that there’s an easier way to do things. The more we do this the easier it gets to find equipment and tools that perfectly suit our needs. Or make them ourselves.
An unyielding drive to fight for what is right
You’ve worked to help people. You can empathize better now. Now everytime you get up it’s for more than yourself. No matter what kind of bad days come, no matter what you lose or how you bleed, No matter your suffering. You will get up. You will fight to your death and beyond in everything you do because this is who you are. Welcome aboard.
You’re a Superhero!!