Superhero

No matter how much you think you know a girl, so many have “secret identities” of being heroes.

Often, the girl that seems plainest, most ordinary and uninteresting is the one that in secret is a superhero. You may not have noticed her around, but that’s part of the beauty of her disguise. She probably won’t have a killer fashion sense, a toned body, or a sassy attitude, but she’s the one that when nobody is watching, saves that grandma from making the trip to the store by regularly bringing her groceries. She’s the one that inspires the fat kid that life is worth living; just by recognising he too is a human being. She’s the one that stays back till midnight working behind-the-scenes to rescue the show, and never asks for the credit. And she’s the one who ultimately sacrifices popularity, success and love to do the right thing.

She has her fair share of super villains to overcome each day. Evil warlocks, nasty stepmothers, and crazed megalomaniacs are nothing compared to rude jocks, mean girls, and queen bees. She’s developed a strategy to beat them, but it takes so much resolve, and so much determination not to let them push her around. Much of it involves willing herself not to react or lash out, because that will just strengthen the villain, but lowering her head and letting the barbed attacks fly past. It’s something she’s quite mastered, but every so often she’ll nevertheless have to stick her head out to block the attack aimed at someone else. And when that happens, it hurts, a lot. It’ll most likely bruise too, but if it’s for the greater good, a superhero has to do what she has to do. And she’ll do so with a smile well-concealing the scar.

But like all superheroes, this girl has a weakness too. And like other superheroes, her weakness is actually more difficult to overcome than any of the villains she faces. While she goes out each day, silently saving the day and standing up for justice, her cover hides the fact that while she may always answer “How are you?” with “Very well, thank you. And you?” this is often just a ruse. Because at the end of each day, once this superhero takes off her cape and mask, she’s just another vulnerable, lonely girl, who wants to have a superhero come and save her for once. Instead of being forever unnoticed, just once, she wishes that there would be a Lois Lane for her, who would pursue her with the desire to find out who she really is, to support her and be her sidekick, and to finally uncover the wonderful, beautiful person waiting to be found. Until that day comes, however, she’ll continue to don the cape and the mask, put up the shield around her heart and head out to save the day, every day.

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