This morning on Facebook, I saw radio host Darkness Dave post a status regarding the life lessons he has heard from science fiction, specifically the different personality traits he has learned from different super heroes throughout his life.
I’ve listened to Dave’s show for years and he has become one of my heroes, especially when it comes to interviewing sources.
Yet there is something to what he said about being inspired by super heroes. Some think that the idea of super heroes and silly and we should be focusing on the real heroes in our lives. There’s nothing wrong with that. The efforts of police officers, firemen, doctors, and folks in the military are inspiring and should be looked at in the same vein we regard the modern day gods of fiction. However, I think it’s also fine to be inspired by fictional characters in capes, costumes and masks. I’ll bet there are plenty of real life heroes who were inspired by super heroes.
So in homage to Darkness Dave, I will list the different traits and lessons I have learned from heroes. Some of these lessons I have learned from more than one hero.
Superman has taught me that it’s fine to be nice and forgiving in situations. He has also shown me that it’s important to do the right thing.
Spider-man has taught me that great power does in deed come with great responsibility.
Batman has taught that dedication, observation, hard work can help prepare you to face any challenge.
Wonder Woman taught me that it’s important to venture into the unknown, but still keep to your roots.
Green Lantern has taught me how to use imagination and willpower to overcome obstacles. They – all four of them – have also shown me that you are going to encounter people of different races, shapes and sizes in your line of work.
Wolverine has taught me that you can recover from all kinds of scars if you’re given enough time. He has also shown me that there are times when you have to take the reins and be a leader.
The Flash has taught me that it’s okay – sometimes necessary – to go super fast, but sometimes you need to slow down and take in everything else before you act.
Aquaman has taught me that you should be yourself, even if the rest of the world is laughing at you and your abilities.
Martian Manhunter has taught me that it’s okay to be different because you’ll still find love from the people around you … that and cookies are delicious.
Deadpool has taught me that it’s fine to inject humor into the most serious of situations … and that chimichangas are delicious.
The Fantastic Four has taught me that your coworkers and classmates can turn into your family, both in good and bad ways.