The other day I heard the term “supermom”. I’ve heard it before and even used it, with admittedly very little thought to its actual meaning. However, this time it was directed toward me. Of course I was extremely flattered but at the same time modest. On first hearing it, I thought that this person must have it all wrong; there is no way I’m a supermom. A mediocre-mom or just-about-holding-it-together-mom maybe, but supermom, no way.
Normally in those types of situations I would mutter my standard self-deprecating comments and then go about my day. But this one stuck in my head and I kept thinking about it. And as I thought about it, I couldn’t help but come around to the idea that maybe I am a supermom. But if I’m a supermom then so is every other mom I know. And all of those dads out there, they’re all superdads! In fact, all of the grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, cousins, friends, teachers, you name it, they are all superheroes too.
And it doesn’t just stop at people who care for, educate and nurture our kids; every single person in every walk of life has the power to be a superhero. And here are the reasons why:
1. We All Have Special Powers
We might not have X-ray vision or the strength to lift a car, but every one of us is unique. We all possess different qualities that we can use to positively impact the rest of the world. Whether it is the ability to empathize, to teach or simply to listen, we can use our special powers to their greatest capacity in our everyday lives. Just making someone laugh, offering a helping hand or listening to a story can be the difference in someone’s day.
2. We Can Save Someone
Okay, we may not be hauling people from a burning building or swooping across rooftops to catch the villain. But we can save someone’s day even if it is in the smallest way. We can save them from making the wrong decision by guiding them in the right direction. We can save them from feeling down by helping them to see the positive side. We can save them from wanting to hurt others by empathizing and easing their internal pain.
3. We Can Inspire Each Other
We know kids like to role-play being Superman or Wonder Woman, but we are less cognizant of the fact that they more often mimic their parents, teachers and other real-life influencers. And this doesn’t just apply to kids; adults can be equally effective role models for one another. Through both our words and our actions we can show those around us how to have a more positive impact on the world. Whether it is modeling to a child how to regulate emotions or a random act of kindness for a complete stranger, we make so many choices that influence the thoughts and actions of others.
Remember, a smile may be all it takes to brighten an otherwise ordinary day. We can all use our simple but effective superpowers to help make the world a happier place. Above all else, we have the power to love and support each other.
From one superhero to another.
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