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I'm a big Spidey fan.
I like all the classic comic book heroes for that matter. Well, I'm not much of a DC fan, but lots of others. I grew up reading Marvel comics; loved X-Men, Thor and a few others, but Spiderman was my favorite.
It wasn't because I wanted to swing from building to building or even save people from bad guys. It's because Peter Parker was a high school nerd that had something happen that gave him super powers. He had some freak accident that changed him into a hero.
I waited for that freak accident type of thing to happen to me so I could be something great. Well into my adulthood.
I made the mistake of thinking "some day" it'll happen, and I'll have this super power and become more than a nerdy high school kid.
That's the mistake a lot of us make.
We think some day this and this will happen and I'll change miraculously overnight into something else. It comes out like "I'll do that when I'm rich" or "as soon as this is over, I'll...". We keep waiting to hit the lottery or some other life changing event to get what we want.
It puts our goals in terms of time, rather than the results of actions we take.
It keeps our brain future focused. The problem there is the brain doesn't understand tense. It's always processing in terms of now.
It keeps the goal as always out in the future and it doesn't get done.
Here's the thing about all those heroes I wanted to be like growing up, every last one of them used their talents and training.
Yeah they had super powers, but it wasn't until they decided to use those powers to fight bad guys or defend their planets or whatever.
At some point, they had to make the decision, and start doing the thing.
At some point, you have to make the decision, and start doing your thing.
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April Yvette Thompson