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I’m not giving up on this Truth Challenge! There’s just been so many other things I’ve wanted to discuss! That being said, let’s keep it moving on to Day 14.

Day 14 → A hero that has let you down. (letter)

I won’t give you a detailed list of all the people I consider heroes. Lucky for me, the list of people who inspire me is long and constantly changes. My parents, family members, friends, professors and colleagues can, at times, be considered my heroes. I admire my parents’ ability to raise their kids together despite getting divorced. My friends inspire me every day with their ability to overcome adversity and walk to the beat of their own drum. My current colleagues are truly heroes for how they’re mentoring me while working on multiple projects and raising their own kids.

I am a believer in everyday heroes, ordinary people who do the extraordinary. Sure, there are some celebrities that could be considered heroes. For me, it’s people like Ellen DeGeneres and Cory Booker, who stay true to themselves and are always looking for ways to help others. That’s how I define my heroes: people who stay true to themselves, who believe in paying it forward and who are passionate about what they do. I know it doesn’t sound too remarkable, but to me it is.

The one thing about heroes is that sometimes they have no idea how much other people value them and their opinions. When you consider someone your hero, you value their opinion and almost hang on every word they say. They have been placed on a pedestal without even knowing it. If you put someone that high up, they only way they can go is down. It sets everyone up for failure. With heroes, be transparent and talk to them about why you place them in such a category. Managing expectations is very important and will create a mutually beneficial relationship.

Who are your heroes? Why do you consider them heroes? Please share with me!

How to Take Off Your Cape

My friends and I have an ongoing joke about being superwomen. We talk about wearing capes and saving the world. You know, just your typical girl talk goofiness. But some of our jokes hold truth.

People have called me a superwoman. I usually laugh in their faces. But, in their opinion, I put my cape on and try to fix everyone and everything, never stopping until I get it right. Now back home and searching for jobs, I’m the same way, applying to as many jobs as possible, rewriting my résumé and cover letters over and over again. You get the picture.

I blame my superwoman personality on the women in my life. My mother, stepmother, godmother, aunts, cousins and best friends are my superwomen. I’ve watched them overcome personal struggles without a complaint or thrive professionally and run the world. These women have set the bar high and continue to challenge me to push harder, fight longer and be all I can be.

But there’s one problem with superwomen: we do not know how to take off our capes. We cannot ask for help in any way, shape or form. We try to save the world every day and do not understand why we can’t get it all accomplished. The women closest to me can’t accept my help even when it’s absolutely necessary. So how do we take our capes off?

First off, we are not superwomen with magical powers. We are human beings with real needs like sleep, food and breaks from our lives. Next, we need to realize that asking for help isn’t a weakness. Instead, it’s admitting we can’t do it all without losing our minds. Lastly, we have to stay balanced. Some days we can do it all with a smile. Others, we just need to lay on the couch, watch Scandal and pretend we’re Olivia Pope.

I will continue to iron my superwoman cape but I will also remember when to take it off and breathe. To my superwomen, thank you for inspiring me and being there every step of the way.

“A great friend looks out for you when you’ve forgotten to look out for yourself. Find these superwomen, love them and let them love you” – Alicia Keys

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