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5 Ways The Avengers Taught Me To Be a Hero!

Published: 05-06-2019
by Kevin Norman
As a kid, I would always wish I could be a superhero. Every time I saw an action film, I would pretend I knew how to fight and I would reenact moments from movies in the parking lot. But of course, the reality of life took over and I was constantly reminded I didn’t have superpowers. I couldn’t fly, I didn’t have super strength (I couldn’t even beat up my older brother), and I wasn’t lightning fast. I was average, and I envied superheroes for what I thought I lacked. But being a superhero is beyond just having superpowers, and you don’t need them to be super. Here are a few things The Avengers taught me about being a superhero!

1. Do what’s right
The Avengers are always fighting for the greater good. They aren’t working to destroy the world, but rather they are constantly using what they have to offer in order to make it better. We can do the same thing with our own gifts and talents. Write that poem, sing that song, volunteer for a charity. Even something as simple as recycling makes a positive difference in the world. You don’t have to do something extreme like find an Infinity Stone, but doing something to make the world a better place makes you a superhero.

2. Teamwork is important
Single-handedly, the Avengers could never take down Thanos and save the Galaxy. Not even the strongest superhero could do it alone, but when teamed up together, they have a better chance to win. The same goes for our everyday life. No one can succeed when they’re on their own. Friends and family help us through the tough times, our co-workers help us do our jobs, and a romantic partner can hold us up when we feel down. Heck, even enemies help us become stronger. Like the Avengers, we all need each other, and that’s how we can kick ass. We are strong independently, but we are even stronger together.

3. Accept your flaws
We are all flawed, even our favorite Avengers. The Hulk has major anger issues, but it’s that flaw that leads to his strength. Yet you notice that, when he tries to suppress his flaws, he can’t access himself as The Hulk. However, once he allows himself to be flawed and angry, his true superpower comes out. My point is, when you accept the areas where you lack, you can access the areas in which you can grow, and that leads to becoming a stronger and better person.

4. Always remain true to yourself
Captain America always fights for what’s right no matter the cost. He is firm in his beliefs and is the definition of compassion, courage, and loyalty. He doesn’t swear, and even though the other Avengers laugh at him for his personal moral code, he never changes who he is in order to fit in. He even goes to great lengths to defend his best friend Bucky despite how much damage he caused. Also, in the film Civil War, The Avengers are divided because they both stick firm to their beliefs. And although remaining true to yourself can cause some division, it’s important to remember that being yourself is what makes you super.

5. Work Hard
The Avengers work hard to save the world and they give it everything they’ve got. They sacrifice love, family, and the chance at a normal life. I am not advocating you give up these things, but it’s important to remember that, in order to be super, it’s going to take hard work and a bit of sacrifice. If you want that superhero body, sacrifice the junk food and pick up the weights. If you want to write a book, sacrifice the TV and pick up a pen. Tony Stark almost died, but he took his brain power and built himself into Iron Man. Captain America was a weak runt who failed all his army tests, yet they still chose him to become Captain America because of his hard work, determination, and an immense sense of compassion. Black Widow and Hawkeye both lack super powers, but they trained themselves as fighters. So moral of the story: work damn hard because it will pay off.
If you haven't already, go see Avengers: Endgame in theatres everywhere now!
(Image via Marvel Entertainment)
- Kevin Norman, YH Contributing Writer