I started out today with the intention of writing a Throwback Thursday post, because it’s been a while since I did one and I have done so many stupid things in my life that you will want to laugh at. But then I discovered that today is National Superhero Day. Seriously. That is a thing. Krispy Kreme is giving away free donuts, Netflix is celebrating with superhero movies, and it has completely overshadowed poor National Blueberry Pie Day. So I had to focus on superheroes. Of course, as you may have already realized, it tuns out that National Superhero Day is the perfect time for a Throwback Thursday post.
I’ve been into superheroes for a while now, at least 30 years, and so I have been many superheroes worthy of celebration over the course of my lifetime. The first hero I ever loved was Spider-Man, and I dressed in a Spidey costume on several Halloweens. I can’t seem to find any pictures of me from these nights (Mom? Do you have them? They are not in the picture box…) but I do have this photo of me on stage in the mask with my friend Crew Darlson. So you get the point.
Of course I have not been content to only be Spider-Man, excellent though he is. In fact, in high school I created my own superhero, The Adamantium Knight, and made a costume and wore it around and everything. I did not fight any crime, but I totally would have if I had, you know, seen any crime happening.
I moved on to college, where I dressed up as a superhero slightly less often, until the day I found a towel sewn into a batman shape, which I immediately purchased and began to wear casually to class.
Since then I have constantly rotated through a slew of superhero t-shirts, all allowing me to feel slightly super at all times. My favorite was probably my Green Lantern shirt, just because, at least at the time I bought it in 1997, it was obscure enough that nobody really know it was a superhero t-shirt. Of course then I could add a mask and a ring and they figured it out.
In recent years, documented here of course, I have been Thor…
…and Mr. Incredible.
Who knows which superhero I will be next? Certainly not I. But one thing’s for sure, there will be another. And I’m not even counting all the times I dressed up as non-traditional superheroes that sort of still count, like Indiana Jones, a Ghostbuster, or Harry Potter. Yeah. I’ve been a lot of superheroes. But the most important one is the one I get to be every day.
And you get to too! So go be a superhero to someone today and make this day awesome! And if you want, eat some pity blueberry pie.