How to Be a Superhero

By Ali DeCesare

  1. Decide What You Want to Accomplish

Make the superhero version of yourself do all of the things that you’re afraid of or struggle with. You might be anxious, out of shape, maybe you’re not-so-smart at something, however, you can create an alter ego that is the exact opposite of those things, and that’s the person you will become. Why should you challenge yourself and set goals that would make Superman proud? Because superheroes attack problems and deal with situations in different ways than a normal person. That’s why they exist – to do stuff that ordinary people can’t. In order to be the best we can be, we need to force ourselves to do things we might not want to do, or might think we can’t do. Only through trial and error, through failure and success will we discover what we can truly accomplish. Superheroes don’t save the world by only going halfway in the final battle. You don’t see Captain America throwing up the white flag just because he gets hit down once. He gets back up, thinks of the end goal, thinks of the mission, and follows through.

2. Determine your persona

Some superheroes have elaborate costumes to hide their identity.  Others like Superman simply remove their glasses and throw on some spandex and suddenly nobody can recognize them.  Some people become funny and confident when they transform; others become more businesslike and hardcore.  Some like to work together in groups.  Others like to work alone.

Your alter ego can be whatever you want it to be, so dream big, kid.

Each day, as you step out of your school attire and into sweatpants and a tee, you are transforming, getting ready to tackle your arch-enemy: Homework. As you start to put on your team uniform for a soccer game, your daily worries, troubles at home, and anxiety about tomorrow’s presentation cease to exist for the time being – you’re  now a superhero and you have a mission. As you’re getting prepped and ready, imagine your pre-game ritual being filmed with dramatic camera angles and inspiring music playing, imagine the quirky and clever one-liners that you would say if a certain situation arose. If Tony Stark can have a montage, so can you.

3) Pick a theme song

Get yourself a final battle pump-up song for those really epic moments in your life. Make a playlist of songs that are meant for different dramatic moments. Prepare for any occasion and have a song ready for when your enemy strikes you without notice. Have a song that you play when you and the attractive stranger you just saved have an intimate moment. Have a song for the epic team up with your friends, for the comic relief scene, for the mission briefing, for the resolution, and listen to the playlist when you need a reminder as to what it means to be a superhero.

4) Decide what you stand for

What are you fighting for? Superman adheres to a strict moral code when dealing with crime, fighting to protect Lois Lane and save Earth.  Batman does everything in his power to clean up the streets of Gotham, striking fear in the hearts of would-be criminals and thieves.

We’re all different, we all have unique talents and abilities, and we’re all dealing with our own Kryptonite.  We’re also all fighting for the same cause: to become better people, to help those around us, and to leave the world a better place when we’re done with it. We have certain standards that we must live up to, and with each other’s support we can create a movement that is more powerful than anything this world has seen.

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