How Can You Be a Real-Life Superhero?
Today is National Superhero Day and, of course, I’ll be the first one in line to see the latest Avengers movie. What I love about them, and Justice League, too, is that these superheroes use their superpowers to work together to solve problems they cannot solve alone.
To me, real-life superheroes are people who find the courage to try to overcome physical and emotional barriers to lead full lives. Recently, I sang at the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford to inspire critically-ill children to find hope in their battle against cancer. I wore a Supergirl costume with an M emblazoned on my chest to represent music as my superpower.
An 8-year old boy stood beside me, eyed my lyric sheet, and sang my words along with me. This brave boy had just received a heart transplant that he’d waited three years for. I could tell that singing really lifted Johnny’s spirits and it buoyed me up to see him shine.
Afterward, Johnny pulled up his shirt to show me the fresh, long scar from the surgery he’d undergone only two weeks before. I’ve never met such a courageous, wise-beyond-his-years person. His willingness to share his vulnerability with me lifted MY spirits up.
You see, I have a wound, too, but it’s on the inside where no one can see it. I endured years of child abuse and some days I feel vulnerable, too, no matter how much I accomplish in my life. I went to the Ronald McDonald House with the intention to help those children, but it turns out that we helped each other.
The smallest act of kindness, the tiniest gesture of connection, can make a big difference. How can you be a superhero in someone’s life today?