I was recently listening to a song with the most compelling line. “Always trust your cape!” sang the woman, as she told the story of one man’s life – from childhood to manhood and into his late years.
I am struck by those words and there resonance as a way of approaching our lives. As a way of realizing that we all can achieve whatever it is we want, as long as we trust our “capes”.
As the woman sings, this person’s journey of optimism and enthusiasm for life started when he was only eight years old. With a belief in superheroes and an unblemished hope in his potential, he affixed a cape around his neck and set off for the roof, from which he sure he was going to fly. After one step, and then another, and finally a leap of faith, he accomplished what most of you would imagine – a resounding thud on the earth below!
But that did not dissuade this young boy from believing in himself, believing in his cape! In fact, try as he might, he never did get off the ground. But, with his firm faith in his abilities and his potential, his cape became the metaphor for his approach to school, work, relationships, and life itself.
With his cape – with YOUR cape – anything is possible! The question is, do you still have your cape? Did you take it off years ago, believing you had limits? What about now? Do you believe you can fly or do you believe that you’re destined to remain grounded for the rest of your days?
I’d like you to consider that your cape is with you still today. That your wide-eyed optimism in what is good and right and possible is available to you even now. I’d like you to recognize that you can, indeed, fly!
Take that first step. While you may land with a thud, you’ll never forget the feeling of believing in yourself and what’s ultimately possible! Put it back on! Always trust your cape!