For those that don't know, I love to watch movies in my down time. When it comes to most superhero movies, you have a villain who gets to know our hero's strengths and takes away every thing they could have ever had. We see this in the most recent Batman, Iron Man and Captain America (which was amazing btw) films. After this destruction, our hero is taken down to the "simple" human level and the only thing that is left is the hope and drive to carry on. With these morals, our hero then rises above and can restore the justice that the city deserves and can vanquish the enemy. Although I understand these are all fictional works, our society are still built on these principles in some aspects and nothing can hold us back from having hope or the drive to carry on. Basically we have the power to unlock the superhero within ourselves.
It should be no surprise that written on the gates of Dante's hell are the words "Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter." This is because the strongest weapon we have (besides love) is the power of hope. This is the power to see a better tomorrow and even when everyone else is saying "no", hope can still keep a possibility alive. With my life motto, "achieve the impossible", I guess you could say that hope plays a very big role in my life sometimes in order to keep my dreams alive.
I see hope alive in my residence halls everyday: the hope that a grandfather will get better from his illness, the hope a grade will come back high (especially as finals get closer), the hope from my staff that staff meetings will be short this week (not happening!), the hope of getting a desired job or admission into grad school, the hope of getting a good group of friends, or even the hope that a relationship can be salvaged or created. Now imagine what would happen if a lot of people hoped for a similar outcome and put these ideas into action? Last night was Western's Relay for Life night and I saw so many people wanting to help and hoping for an eventual cure. Just seeing the crowds provided inspiration and additional hope to all students who participated. I have lost many good friends from cancer and it empowers you to take action as well as remind you that you are never alone. I've attached a relay video I was a part of in my undergrad called the Purple Glove Dance, sometimes just knowing that others are there for you when times get hard is all that you need to have hope and the drive to carry on. As long as we never abandon our hope, there will always be a fighting chance... it's time to unlock the superhero within.