Sometimes it is hard for me to talk about TinySuperheroes. I mean, I talk about TinySuperheroes all the time…but when it comes to really talking about it… I often keep it to myself.
TinySuperheroes has woven itself deeply into my heart. When faced with an opportunity to share it with someone, I have a deep fear that the person on the other end won’t “get it”.
Really talking about my vision for it leaves me feeling totally vulnerable and often I’m not willing to take the risk. What if I get rejected? … What if they don’t see the impact the way I do? … What if they don’t think it’s important?
When I think of TinySuperheroes, I think of my 6 year old friend Super Lily who is having major hip surgery today and told the doctor beforehand that she “was scared, but also brave”.
When I think of TinySuperheroes I think of my friend Super Runner, whose cape draped his casket at the visitation of his funeral.
I think about Super Remedy who, while going through her own brutal chemotherapy, helped me deliver capes around the hospital to other kids who needed them.
I think of Super Gabby who just got to sleep in her own bed last night after a several week stay at the hospital.
And I worry that when I tell someone about our superhero capes, that they won’t think about these things, too.
That they won’t see the hope or joy that I’ve witnessed or the importance of kindness and inclusion.
It all feels like a lot packed into one superhero cape, but it is all there…I know it is.
I’m 32 and still learning how to trust myself. How to trust my voice and intuition. And I’m learning to own my passion for TinySuperheroes. To show up just how I am, with what I believe and who I believe in. To not shy away…even if it leaves me feeling vulnerable.
This year I met a new friend named Rikki. Our 5 year olds play soccer together. While the games are riveting, we often find ourselves chatting for a full hour before we realize the game is over. (We really do care about our kids’ soccer game…we just have a lot to talk about.)
I told Rikki about TinySuperheroes and she “got it”. She came back the next week wanting to help. Rikki happens to be an amazing photographer (seriously check her out) and offered to do photos for TinySuperheroes…And then she actually scheduled it.
During the photoshoot, amazing things happened. I watched as Rikki’s daughter, Danni, learned how to navigate Super Liam’s wheelchair. And I felt deeply how transformative experiences like this can be for the little people around us – for Danni AND for Liam.
Today Rikki sent me some of the photos. My heart is mush. I don’t always have the perfect words to communicate what my hopes are for TinySuperheroes, or how it has so deeply changed my heart.