How to Become a Superhero in Real Life (The Ultimate Guide + Image Quotes)

I received the best Christmas present ever when I was seven years old. I tore away the crisp, Santa-Claus-decorated paper, revealing the most ideal present: a Batman costume, complete with belt and shoes. I ran, jumped, rolled, climbed, hid, and saved everyone in the house from any dangers that the holiday season might bring. It was one of the most memorable days of my life.

Since then, I've been obsessed with comic books and superheroes, their place in Modern Mythology, and all the ideals they represent: saving lives, fighting crime, and making the world a better place.

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As an adult, I realize I have the potential to be a superhero. I may not be able to fly, grow claws, or regenerate my limbs, but I can make a difference in the life of someone else.

Even if we don't have the spandex to go with it, we all have the ability to be a superhero to someone. Here are five things you can do to become a real-life superhero:

1. Use what you have to help someone who doesn't have anything

Do you aspire to be a true superhero? This is the most crucial step. At its core, a superhero uses what they have to help those who do not have them.

Batman used his vast wealth to keep the people of Gotham safe. On a daily basis, the Green Lantern uses his immense powers to save multiple universes, and Spiderman uses his web-slinging awesomeness to keep the people of New York safe.

Consider what you can provide that no one else can.

It could be your assistance, your time, your mentorship, a small gift, or a thank-you card. Even the most innocuous social media message can sometimes bring someone out of the shadows and into the light.

It's something you have to give in order to help someone else.

Stuck? Why not look for inspiration on Kickstarter — or simply pay someone a compliment?

2. Maintain Your Health

You can't be a superhero if you don't take care of your body. Unless you're Bruce Banner and can transform into Lou Ferrigno when you spill table salt, investing in your body is a good idea.

Being proactive about taking care of your body will make it easier to help others. You will have mental clarity, the energy to complete any task, and the strength to overcome any obstacles that arise. It also means you'll look completely badass if the opportunity to wear spandex ever arises.

You don't have to look like Thor or have Wonder Woman's abs to be a superhero for someone. However, investing in a gym membership or a pair of running shoes could mean the difference between being able to help someone and not being able to help someone.

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3. Select Your Fight

Every superhero faces a challenge. Something that motivates them to be who they are. That gives them more than just a desire to help others; it also gives them a reason to do so.

Both Batman and Spiderman fought to protect other people's families from the same injustices that had befallen their own. Captain America fought to be the soldier he was told he'd never be, and Charles Xavier fought to maintain his faith in the mutant race.

What is the nature of your conflict?

It could be anything from blogging about educational system failures to working to reduce the number of homeless veterans on the street. The fight does not have to be large, but it must be effective. It must motivate you to get out of bed, do something, and assist others, even if it is as specific as assisting people to effectively weed their gardens.

Are you unable to think? Consider what you believe is wrong with the world, your hobby, or your profession. You've found your fight when you find something that piques your interest.

Then try to summarize it in five words.

For example, “Protect Gotham City from Evil.”

Brighten Someone's Day

Real-life superheroes go out of their way to improve the lives of everyone they meet. They want to do whatever they can to make someone's bad day better.

Fortunately, most bad days in the real world do not involve someone attempting to blow up the city, holding you hostage on a boat, or forming a mutant army to band together and eradicate your species, so don't be concerned.

But what small gesture, bit of assistance, or amount of time can you give to someone to help them improve their lives?

You can't make everyone's day every day of the week, but you can go out of your way to make someone's day every now and then. The Avengers will be grateful.

4. Maintain a Positive Attitude

Many adjectives can be applied to superheroes, but pessimistic is not one of them. They maintain a clear sense of optimism and a determination to succeed regardless of what is thrown at them. Even if the odds aren't stacked in their favor.

Even when there were only ten mutants left on the planet, Charles Xavier never considered extinction. Despite his fears, doubts, and unevenly stacked armies, he maintained his faith in his beliefs and what he was attempting to accomplish.

Your optimism, hopes, and beliefs will be tested, but stay the course. Being as optimistic as possible will not only help you see it through to the end, but will also give those around you strength.

5. Don't Do It for the Money

Superheroes wear masks not only to protect those around them, but also to protect themselves. They are not looking for recognition, fame, or glory for their actions. They just want to get up, save the world, and forget about it all.

Their fight transcends praise and acclaim and stems from deep within. Batman never stays for press interviews, and Spiderman has already swung off into the distance before the first thank you has been said.

The world loves Spiderman, but to New Yorkers, Peter Parker is nothing more than an orphan living in a one-person bedsit. There is nothing more satisfying than helping someone for the person behind the mask.

Whatever you do, whether it's carrying someone's groceries or painting their house, never approach it with the mindset of “What's in it for me?” Consider the question, “What's in it for them?”

So, which superhero are you going to be?

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