I was reading a post at Rightbrain Planner this morning, and these words jumped out at me:
“Planning habits are part of personal assessment for me. Part of knowing what my skills are and being my own hero.”
BEING MY OWN HERO.
Those words blew me away. How is this even possible? Can I be my own hero? Can anybody? And if I were, how would it feel? Would it feel as incredibly freeing as it sounds?
Blogger and artist Andrea Sher often asks: what is your superpower?
Or as the ancient nun Jiko puts it in Ruth Ozeki’s transcendent novel, A Tale for the Time Being:
“‘Nattchan, I think it would be best for you to have some true power. I think it would be best for you to have a superpower.’
She was talking in Japanese, but she used the English word, superpower, only when she said it, it sounded like supah-pawah. Really fast. Supapawa. Or more like SUPAPAWA-!”
I’d like to have a SUPAPAWA. I’d like to be my own hero.
Old Jiko teaches her great-granddaughter Nao how to find her SUPAPAWA through sitting Zazen, a Zen Buddhist meditation. Obviously thats one way to go. The other seems to be to follow the words painted above the entrance to the sanctuary of the legendary Oracle of Apollo at Delphi:
I truly believe that the only way to do that is to ruthlessly explore ourselves through creativity. Through writing and painting, journalling and making, through dance, music, theatre and the culinary arts, and whatever else we can create out of the raw materials of our souls. That way, by fearlessly adventuring into our creativity, maybe we really can become our own heroes.
If i had to say what my SUPAPAWAs are, I would probably mention two: the knack I have of making people smile, and writing.
Oh, and I make a really mean gluten-free chocolate brownie!
What are your SUPAPAWAs? Could you be your own hero?