While I could go on for days about the whole Ben & Jen breakup saga, this post won’t do that because I have found the real Superman (and you’ll never guess where I found him.)
I always thought it would be cool to be friends with Clark Kent and his alter ego Superman. On the one hand, I could use his super strength to open vacuum-sealed packaging, hitch a ride to the city to avoid traffic, and let’s face it, who wouldn’t want X-ray vision? But on the other hand, I would really want to know how it feels to use his superhuman abilities for the benefit of humanity.
The actor, Christopher Reeve, portrayed Superman both on film and in real-life when his life took a sudden turn and the strong handsome actor and athlete found himself paralyzed from the neck down.
Most individuals would be devastated by their loss and mired in depression. Christopher Reeve did the exact opposite; he used his “new normal” to lobby on behalf of people with spinal cord injuries and promote spinal cord research. THAT is resilience in the face of adversity.
When Christopher Reeve passed away, I thought we’d never find another real Superman — but then I met Eric LeGrand. Eric was a great athlete who played football for Rutgers. He had a probable NFL career ahead of him when he found himself paralyzed from the neck down after a tackle. You’d think he’d be down, but that isn’t Eric.
Eric has one of the most inspiring attitudes and outlook on life that I have ever seen. I kept thinking, this has got to be an act — no one can be this positive after what he has gone through. I probed and questioned him at length and I couldn’t break him. You’ll never find him without a smile on his face — seriously, I tried.
The real Superman exists, and I found him in NJ!
Click below for part 1 of my 3 part audio interview with Eric LeGrand. He is an inspiration for all of us and he certainly will give you room for pause when you begin to get down about your own challenges.
Speaker, Writer, Resilience Coach, and founder of ResilienceCafe.com.
Mary is the creator of the Boom Bounce Wow Resilience Method.