Bruce Wayne has one.
Clark Kent has one.
Tony Stark? He’s got one as well.
And, yes, Peter Parker does too.
Aside from the fact that they all have an alter ego (I’m partial to Batman myself) they do have one other thing in common. They each have an epic origin story. Every super-hero’s origin story serves as the cornerstone to why they do what they do. It’s also what attracts us to them.
The same is true in real life. We’re attracted to people who have a great narrative. Our culture celebrates and elevates people with epic origin stories. We’re inspired by the person who came from nothing and made something of him or herself. We cheer on people who pull themselves up by their bootstraps to achieve great things.
All of us, at one point or another, have put someone on a pedestal because of their origin story.
The danger comes when we start believing that an ‘epic origin story’ is the only path to greatness.
The Thing Is
You don’t need an ‘epic origin story’ to make a difference in your community.
You don’t need an ‘epic origin story’ to be the husband/wife and father/mother your spouse and children need.
You don’t need an ‘epic origin story’ to put a smile on someone’s face.
You don’t need an ‘epic origin story’ to be kind and helpful to someone in need.
You don’t need an ‘epic origin story’ to be someone’s super-hero.
You don’t need an ‘epic origin story’ change the world.
But You Do Need to be You
All you need is you.
Everything that makes you who you are is exactly what the world needs. In other words, your ‘origin story’ has all of the epic-ness (yes, that’s a word!) needed for you to change the world, brighten someone’s day, or be a super-hero.
So what are you waiting for?
Go forth, be you, and make a difference for someone in your life!