Sunday, 12 April 2015

Superheroes. . .

The Script are a band from Ireland. Growing up I had Irish bands like U2 and The Corrs blasting on the stereo, but also during the boyband era, it ushered in other Irish groups like Boyzone and Westlife.  Today's featured track is Superheroes.  

I've been surrounded by friends, colleagues and family members who are going through some difficult times in their lives and I don't know if it's because life just seems to be getting harder as each new day comes or we are starting to lose faith in how we can get through each new day.

Every day every hour turn that pain into power. . . 

All her life she has seen

The meaner side of me
They took away the prophet's dream for a profit on the street

Now she's stronger than you know

A heart of steel starts to grow

I truly believe that we need to adopt growth mindsets to deal with the challenges that come our way.  It is very easy to get sucked into the vortex of despair and take people with you, like you subconsciously go around opening these 'pity portals', dragging people through that point of no return because you need to stay in that other world until you've figured out what you need to learn there because you return to your reality (you know, in the world of parallel universes and realities that you try to escape to, thinking it will erase your problems, but really you're just facing the same issues but in another context, go figure!).

All his life he's been told
He'll be nothing when he's old
All the kicks and all the blows
He won't ever let it show

'Cause he's stronger than you know

A heart of steel starts to grow

When I was teaching in high school, I was in the business of 'building' students' self-esteem.
At teachers' training college - they don't prepare you well for this.  I had the fortune (or misfortune, depends on how you look at it) of teaching an entire year in a school, before completing my teacher training.  I quickly discovered that some of the things we were being taught, were actually irrelevant in the real world of a classroom.  This realisation irritated the heck out of my lecturers when they would make blanket statements in front of my peers who had no classroom experience and I would contradict those statements.

I'm glad I stuck to my guns and earnestly shared with each lecture room (that allowed me the space to contribute to class discussions) that students were fragile individuals and that as teachers - we may be the only positive adult they might have in their lives.  It dawned on me that teachers had a huge responsibility to be the moral compass for students who lacked direction and guidance to know the differences between right and wrong, as well as promoting empathy, so that students would know how to treat other people the way they too wanted to be treated.

All the hurt, all the lies
All the tears that they cry
When the moment is just right
You see fire in their eyes. . . 

She's got lions in her heart
A fire in her soul
He's got a beast in his belly
That's so hard to control
'Cause they've take too much hits
Taking blow by blow
Now light a match, stand back, and watch them explode, explode, explode, explode. . . 

There will come a turning point in your life where you will find that strength that only you can exercise to make the positive changes that you desire.  When you have been beaten enough times, you know when it is time to stand up for yourself and acknowledge that you deserve better - whether it is in relationships at home, at work, in other contexts that you are expected to contribute in, just being able to stand up for yourself, to have a voice and speak up - you deserve to be treated with respect.

There is nothing more satisfying than being able to prove people wrong.
People who expected you to fail, who had the lowest of the lowest expectations of you that you weren't even on their radar, you weren't even on the playing field, you weren't even 'alive' for them enough to be noticed.

When you've been fighting for it all your life
You've been struggling to make things right
That's how a superhero learns to fly
(Every day, every hour, turn the pain into power)

It's important that we know how to fight for what is important in our lives.
We fight to uphold the values and beliefs that we practise within our homes, within our cultural contexts, in our countries, in this world.

As important as it is to always feel success and know all the goodness, there must also be that balance of knowing failure and the evil that exists, because without the awareness of the negativity, we wouldn't appreciate and honour what faith and hope we have in ourselves.

I hope that every day every hour you turn that pain into power. . . 
I don't see the word 'empower'.  I think the letters are mixed up.
You're a superhero - and if you took a long look at yourself in the mirror, you would see 'me-power'. . .