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Hi, this is me. I’m what you call a “super hero.” I don’t look like it here. I just look like your average hard-working person who takes care of things that need to be done in order to survive But with nicer legs. 5
I even have my own action ď€ gure. It looks a little different than my regular costume, but I change looks a lot. My life however, is far from glamorous. I make my own coffee in the morning on my old stove and new coffeepot...
I clean my own toilets, and do my own shopping ... for junk food, organic vegetables, free range chicken, sustainably harvested seafood, low carbon impact beef, ramen noodles...
....and beer Cause after a day of cleaning toilets and saving lives, a nice ‘cold one’ is what I need. By the way, I’m not that super hero who ies an invisible plane, if that’s what you’re thinking. I just like her outt cause it shows off my legs.
There are a lot of superheroes in the world, but there are also a lot of regular people who do things that I consider to be fairly heroic. It means that I’m not here alone trying to save the world and keep things progressing, and that’s what really makes me smile. Parents for example do a lot of heavy lifting. I don’t have any children yet, but I can tell you that it looks like hard work being a parent. It’s a 24 hour job, you don’t get time off, and there’s little opportunity for a promotion or a raise. On the other hand, it looks like the rewards you get from being a parent can be pretty astronomical. If I ever give up being a superhero, I know what my next profession is going to be.
Grandparents (“semi-retired” parents) have a heroic role as well. None of us would be here if someone over the generations didn’t take a hand in raising the kids to be responsible human beings (not to mention feeding them, protecting them, teaching them, helping to watch out for wild animals, and offering random snippets of information about ‘how things were when they were young.’)
Teachers are pretty heroic too. They’re often like substitute parents, or as some call them, “parents for the entire society.” A lot of kids are heroes, and more of them are becoming more heroic than their parents when it comes to my friend Gaia (the living planet humans call Earth) But some kids don’t have anyone to take care of them, and that means they have to take care of themselves, or work hard to take care of the family... It’s tough to watch, and I don’t feel very heroic because I can’t x it.
MOTHERS are heroic every single second for nine months... and if weâ€™re lucky, they can be heroic for the rest of their lives FATHERS are heroic when they lead and instruct and care for the next generation and their families. When you combine these two, FATHERS and MOTHERS, the supernatural power is exponential! (Again, weâ€™re looking at my next line of work once I give up super-heroing. )
Some of my favorite heroes are the animals of the world. Without them we wouldn’t have a world or an environment. Some people might argue that animals just do what they’re genetically programmed to do, and that there’s nothing heroic about that. I’m not sure that heroism is not a genetic directive for humans too, but regardless, a hero is a hero, whether they have ns, scales or fur. As far as I’m concerned, when they stop doing it, we’re all in big trouble. 16
I thought that time might have nally arrived on the day when something went wrong with the world. Everyone felt it when it happened. Nothing moved. No one spoke. A hot, foul smell came on the wind. Trains ground to a halt, the clouds faded from the skies, people shivered in their beds, and suddenly every honeybee on the planet stopped working. The super-hero alarm was raised (None of that bat-signal, stuff. We just sent up Balloon Guy and said “Wave the darn ag, man”).
Then this guy-thing shows up on the planet with a silver suit, a silver mask, and some Gandolf the Sorcerer-type stick that looked very powerful (and pretty scary). It was. The rst thing he did was go to the Burning Man Festival in the desert and made it rain. A lot of body paint and art was destroyed that day. The next day the silver guy ew around the globe and declared war on mankind. He said, “The planet can stay, but you folks have got to go.” People didn’t take it very well.
But weâ€™re not a bunch of punks, you know. Weâ€™ve got a few defenses.
Like, really cool looking secret agents with guns... skirts... suits... and very nice hair.
Plus we have no shortage of strong women who think that they’ve got the “Cat Woman”-look perfected.
If the silver man was planning on stealing some jewels or cats, then he was in the wrong galactic neighborhood.
Some very well-known celebrity super heroes took off their dress clothes, fed their dogs, mailed their monthly bills, logged off of their online accounts, called their sponsors, checked the locks on their condos, cancelled restaurant reservations, then put on their costumes And prepared for action. 22
It was very, very cool! These guys are, like, my personal role models (who else gets restaurant reservations anywhere they want anytime they want?)
It turns out, I wasnâ€™t the only person who was inspired. Regular people like nannies, house keepers, bike messengers, and corporate executives were also breaking out their stash of hero costumes to save the Planet. 25
Posters went up all over the World, showing how everyone could be a hero in this war against the destruction of mankind. International leaders - however - well, they panicked. Unable to depend on traditional solutions when faced with this new threat, they turned to ancient magic for guidance. It turns out, they got some pretty good advice (note the Presidentâ€™s new war paint).
If you wanted to see something inspirational, then you had to see the human children. They were unbelievable. Iâ€™m still smiling just thinking about it. The kids went berserk when they heard that someone was now threatening the planet that they were working so hard to keep clean, green, and intact for when they became grownups!
These kids just went ridiculously out of control. They started pulling out costumes, Inventing new super powers, and literally told the Silver Man that if he didnâ€™t get off this planet before they counted to 10, he was going to get a major, MAJOR spanking.
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