Everyday Superheroes

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Because superheroes do not always look the way we expect

I have always been intrigued by superheros.  Maybe because they take on the bad guys for the greater good. Maybe because they possess larger than life super powers.  Or maybe because my daily hassles pale in comparison to the intergalactic crime scandals that demand my uninterrupted attention.

However, as I sit in the middle of this season of gratefulness, I must take a moment to recognize the superheroes that walk around us and among us every day.  With my dad fresh from the hospital after a heart attack and triple bypass surgery, I have to think that supernatural powers do not exist solely in special effects.  Just like the in the movies, I wholeheartedly accept that the real superheroes live regular lives and disguise themselves as ordinary people.

Consequently, I dedicate this blog to all the moms who carry the world on two small shoulders.  I dedicate this blog to the men that stand beside them so they do not have the bear the burden alone.  I dedicate this blog to soldiers who fight in battles we know nothing about to provide freedom that we take for granted.  I dedicate this blog to cancer survivors, and heart attack survivors, and stroke survivors, and sickness survivors.  I dedicate this blog to those who found their passion and committed their lives to living it.

My top 5 Everyday Superheroes.

5. My Best Friends

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Nicole B.

My own, personal therapist (teehee).  Good for me, she did not have an official title until years after she voluntarily agreed to stay friends with me.  She has seen it all! Age 19 – present.  Thankfully because of doctor-patient privilege, she cannot share any of it.  But on a sincere note, Nicole B: you are the real superhero.

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Me, Tameka, and Trekedda

To Tre and Tameka, my ride or die chicks., my A-1s since day 1, my hittas, my hittas.  They attempt to calm my crazy without judgement.  They provide shoulders for tears and exemplify strength and calm in the midst of chaos – both in my life and their own.  Tameka, Tre: You are the real superheroes.

4. My sister

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“It must have been cold there in my shadow, to never have sunlight on your face.  You’ve been content to let me shine.  You always walked a step behind.  I was the one with all the glory, while you were the one with all the strength – a beautiful face without a name.  I never once heard you complain.  Did you ever know that you’re my hero?  You’ve everything I would like to be.  I can fly higher than an eagle.  You are the wind beneath my wings.” – Bette Midler.  Karissa: You are the real superhero.

3.  My parents

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My Mother

I could go on and on, but simply put if I can be half the woman she is, then I have achieved success.  Mom: You are the real superhero.

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My father

The only man who can waltz himself into an ER because he thinks he’s having a heart attack, and be out on the streets walking in less than a week.  He showed us what to expect from a father, a husband, a boyfriend, a provider, and any man, and refused to allow us to settle for anything less.  Daddy: You are the real superhero.

2. My husband

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He accepts me 100% – flaws and all.  He gives everything he does, everything he’s got.  He loves me in spite of me.  If my son grows up to be half the man my husband already is, then the world will be a better place.  Brett J.: You are the real superhero.

1. My God

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Enough said. God: You are the real superhero.

Truth is, if we all really do some self-reflecting and soul-searching, we will all find that the people who saved our lives do not wear capes.  The people who accepted us when all we had to offer was ourselves…those are the real superheros.  Everyday people.  And that is what makes them ordinarily extraordinary.

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