“A hero can be anyone even a man doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat around a little boy’s shoulder to let him know that the world hadn’t ended.” ~ Ben Affleck
When we think of Superheroes, it’s all too common that what comes to mind is a man or woman in a tight-spandex suit that is often brightly colored, garishly patterned, and inevitably has the underwear on the outside. But there are other kinds of a superheroes in the world, those that wear Fireman’s Uniforms or Police Uniforms, those that drive ambulances or Medivac Helicopters, and sometimes they just wear the clothes of mother or father hard at work. Superhero Day is there to remind us that superheroes can come in any shape, size, or color, and being one is more about valor of the heart than super-powers.
History of Superhero Day
Superhero Day first got its start in 1995, when Marvel Comics employees went out into the world to ask what superpowers kids would want to have. The results were people talking about superheroes in their own lives, and how they often looked like your normal person. Superhero Day reminds us that all too often superheroes are just everyday people who rise to the occasion when threats call and that this is an ideal that we can pass on and practice in our daily lives.
Every day men and women go out in the world and face threats to their lives and livelihood to help protect others from the dangers of fire, crime, and unexpected health issues, but the list of superheroes in real life doesn’t end there. Someone helping the homeless with food or clothes, comforting a crying stranger, or stopping to help someone with a flat tire on the side of the road can all be considered superheroes. When Superhero Day comes around, keep your eyes open for these superheroes in disguise and be sure to give them some recognition.
How to celebrate Superhero Day
The best way to celebrate Superhero Day is to get in touch with your own inner superhero. Keep your eyes open for those who are in need of help and instead of thinking “someone should do something”, step up and be that someone. From sharing your lunch with someone who forgot those to helping someone change a tire on the side of the road, there’s countless ways that we can all be superheroes in our everyday life.