I got my hair cut today, and the stylist changed my part. I had grown up parting my hair on the right. Looking in the mirror, a righthand part made my hairdo look like the magazine photos I was copying. When I was old enough to realize my mistake, using a righthand part was already a habit. In college my friends teased me that I had ”Clark Kent hair”.
Remember the Christopher Reeve Superman movies? Clark Kent always parted his hair on the right as part of his disguise. Then when he ripped off his shirt to become Superman, his hair switched to a lefthand part. We always laughed because his entire disguise consisted of the righthand part and a pair of eyeglasses. Well, I had the eyeglasses too.
In a way the glasses were a protective barrier between me and the outside world — my own disguise. Although I wore contacts for a while in college, I realized I felt more comfortable wearing eyeglasses. With glasses I was incognito, with no one seeing the real me hiding behind the frames — the superstar I knew was within me.
Too many of us hide behind our “Clark Kent” personas. We put on a “normal” face for the world, so that no one can tell we are different. Especially so no one can tell we believe we are special. Because others might scoff if they knew, we hide our specialness. Because we might fail, we deny our dreams.
We all have a spark of greatness inside, a unique contribution we can make to the world. What are your dreams? What could you do if you weren’t afraid of failing?
I’ve decided my days of being Clark Kent are over. I’m going to let my inner Superman shine. For starters, I’ve published my first book. It combines my long time dreams of being both an author and an artist. Putting out that book was symbolic for me — stepping out to achieve one of my dreams and to show the world that I believe what I have to say is important.
Why don’t you join me? Do the thing you’ve always dreamed of. Become the success you’ve always known you could be. Throw off your Clark Kent disguise and show the world your special talents. Come on, show me your “S”!