Hello SOTGC community,
Many adults like you and I grew up being mystified by the strength, wit, power, and calm demeanor of Superman. This Saturday cartoon character-turned movie star and then weekly TV show could without a doubt swoop in and save the day no matter the issue, challenge, or circumstance. There was no scenario too big for Superman and we could be certain that by the end of the movie and/or show that he would be on his J.O.B. and all would be well in the world!
It appears that his Super powers have again preceded him. As there are many children, school-aged children, who are looking for him. In 2010, a documentary titled Waiting for Superman addresses the educational gap in many of our children due to low-performing schools, lack of resources, and emotional and behavioral problems to name a few. The documentary follows five different school-aged children from different neighborhoods, ethnicities, cities, with different educational needs and desires. And each and every student is “waiting for Superman.” However, what they really crave is the chance at a better education, not Superman per say!
Are their dreams for a better education connected to a lottery system, a roll of the dice, or maybe even luck? Each student, along with their parent(s) is hoping, wishing, and praying for an opportunity to attend a different school. That school may be a boarding school, a charter school or, in one case, a public school located in the right city. Unfortunately, what they will learn at the end of the documentary is that all is not created Equal! Of the five students, only two actually find Superman …. The others are back to square one, now trying to outline their “B” plan.
The challenge I have with this whole idea of “waiting for Superman” surrounds the notion that we shouldn’t be “waiting” on anyone! As waiting sends a message to our children, communities, families, and friends that our success lies in the hands of someone else. As brilliant people, mothers, and entrepreneurs, what are we doing to stack the deck in favor of those around us? So we can all share our gifts and talents with the world.
As we prepare for 2015, can we decide to do things differently? Not just for those children waiting for Superman, as many of us are also waiting for him too. As adults, we’re waiting for the right time to start a business, write a book, retire, or even waiting for Mister Right. We live in a world where we place too much emphasis on material things, what’s under the tree, and being jolly just during the holiday season.
Let’s commit to not waiting any longer for the right time to quit that job that has you miserable every day. Let’s step out on faith and start that business or put pen to paper for that first novel. There are too many of us who think we’re waiting for someone like Superman. However, the only person we’re waiting on is the individual in the mirror!
Identify at least one thing you will not wait to do. Then share that one thing with someone who will hold you accountable. Share how not waiting makes you feel via Twitter and tag @empowermee and @SOTGC in your post. As we would love to share your not “waiting” with our community!