The great thing about learning is that it is not confined to certain times or a specific location. Learning can happen anytime, anywhere.
I like to highlight this fact by, once a month, looking at things we encounter on a daily basis and seeing what important lesson we can from them.
In today’s installment of “Five Things We Can Learn From Everyday Objects” we are going to talk about the topic of the biggest movie of the year….
5 Things We Can Learn From Superheroes
1. We All Have A Beginning
All superheroes have an origin story. This is the back-story that tells of a journey which that person took to become a superhero. The story could involve: living as a mutant, being bitten by a spider, or inheriting a parent’s fortune. We may know this part of the story, but it is not the main thing that comes to mind when we picture someone super. We get caught up in the laser vision, the web-slinging, and the awesome gadgets, and forget that even the greatest of superheroes had to start in the beginning.
2. We All Have A Super Power
If you Google “What are the best super powers?” you’ll find over 15 million results covering everything from mind control to superhuman strength. You’ll find a wide range of articles from 25 Superpowers You Wish You Had to 15 Breakfasts to Super Power Your Day (okay, so maybe that second one doesn’t really fit, but I am a sucker for breakfast). The point is that there are a ton of superpowers out there. The key is to find and cultivate what makes each of us super.
3. We Can’t Do It All
Did you know that kryptonite was first introduced so that Superman could go on vacation? Seriously, it is true. In 1943, a mineral named “kryptonite” was used on The Adventures of Superman radio series because Bud Collyer, the actor who played Superman and Clark Kent, wanted a break from the series. Beginning with the episode, “The Meteor from Krypton”, the writers started including Superman’s one weakness. A stand-in groaned for several episodes until Collyer came back from vacation. No matter how super we are (or how bad we want to go on holiday), we all need assistance, and…
4. That’s Why It Helps To Have A Sidekick
Batman has Robin. Holmes has Watson. Potter has Weasley. Even Steph Curry needs Klay Thompson. If it is okay for superheroes to need an assist, it is definitely okay for us to ask for help.
5. Presentation Is Important
If superheroes have figured out one thing, it is presentation. From Ironman to Wolverine, superhero costumes are pretty darn sweet. They have a cool factor that makes the person wearing them seem unstoppable. There is a reason so many kids (and adults) want to dress up like them for Halloween. We may not need skin-tight clothes, but we all have a costume. If you are a blogger, your website is your costume. If you are a chef, your food is your costume. If you are a saxophone player, your Kenny G covers are your costume. We can all work on our presentation by spending some time on our costume.