Amy Rees Anderson

Not All Heroes Wear Capes

Today is National Superhero Day, a day to honor those who serve and protect while fighting evil. 

My personal favorite superhero is Wonder Woman. I watched every episode of the original TV series back in the 70’s when I was a little girl.  And I knew that when I grew up I wanted to be her.  She was honest, and confident, and kind, and classy, and she was always willing to stand up for what was right in every circumstance.  She was my childhood hero.  Not only that, but as a young woman starting out a company I would often close my eyes and tell myself I was Wonder Woman in order to give myself the courage I needed to take on intimidating situations. That little trick helped me for years…still does! 

Superheroes inspire us for many reasons.  They never give up.  They always give 100% of themselves to every task they take on. They always hold true to their values. They are always on the lookout for how they can help others. They are selfless. They don’t seek out glory for their good deeds. They do the right thing. They are AWESOME!

It’s important to point out that not all superheroes wear capes.  Many are regular people who quietly go about their lives doing good behind the scenes. They give selflessly and continuously.  And often times they don’t get public recognition or the credit they deserve for all their good works. 

A great example of some of those heroes are those working in the field of healthcare right now – from the physicians and nurses, to the researchers and testers, to the custodial workers and those washing the laundry, and everyone in between. Another example is the family members caring for sick relatives, and neighbors taking care of neighbors. So many acts of service are being done right now quietly and tirelessly by everyday people. Those everyday people are as much heroes as the superheroes we see in the movies.

So to all of you superheroes out there doing good in the world: I honor you, I thank you, and I pay tribute to you on this National Superhero Day.  Today I pay tribute to all of you…and Wonder Woman…always Wonder Woman 🙂

~Amy Rees Anderson (author of the book “What Awesome Looks Like: How To Excel in Business & Life” )

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