All superheroes have an origin story. These origin stories have something in common: they’re all based in tragedy.
Bruce Wayne’s parents were killed in front of him as a young boy. Superman’s planet blew up, and he lost everything he knew. Tony Stark nearly died from shrapnel to the heart, and was forced to create a technology to keep himself alive. Frank Castle’s family was murdered by an angry crime boss seeking revenge.
The tragedies go on and on . . .
If there’s one common thread in life for all of us, it’s that we’re all touched by tragedies in one way or another. It’s not a matter of if a storm will enter our lives — it’s when.
“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” ~ Haruki Murakami
Storms (tragedies) are meant to challenge us. We as humans won’t grow until we’re pulled from our comfort zones.
My Personal Storm
At some point, I’ll write my own personal origin story (some call it a personal testimony). To summarize it, on November 14, 2013, I learned my wife of 12 years was having an affair. But my hurts, hang-ups, and habits go well back before then.
They go back to my childhood. You may not realize it yet, but all of us are dysfunctional. All of us come from dysfunction of some sort.
If you haven’t started writing your own personal story — I highly recommend you do so at some point. We all have a unique story to tell. It’s up to you to take what has happened to you in your own life, and grow and inspire others from it.
That is how we make this world a better place. By cleaning our own mirrors so we can reflect light into the dark places of the world.
What Is This Site?
What you’ll find here is my record of me changing my future for the better, a place to document my healing, and my attempts to make this world a better place.
So how does one begin to heal from their hurts, hang-ups, and habits, so that I might help the world?
I can relate a lot with superheroes. They are typically regular people with amazing alter-egos. They are everyday men and women, with problems — just like you and I. Yet they also have incredible power deep within.
You and I all have superheroes striving to be unleashed. But that superpower must first be cultivated. Maybe it is also a place where you can unleash the superhero within you.
Who Is The Blue Rattler?
I’m a divorced, 40-something superhero-in-training. I live in the Dallas, Texas area. I have primary custody of my two little girls, who I love.
My workouts and ideas change from time-to-time. What you see on this site may change. I’m a constant work in progress, and so is this site. I’m on a journey. So are you.
All that is gold does not glitter; not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither; deep roots are not reached by the frost. ~ J. R. R. Tolkien