In all my travels, I’ve yet to meet someone who isn’t at least VAGUELY familiar with Superman. Even folks who aren’t into comic books and such will have at least some idea of who this iconic superhero is. And why wouldn’t they? Incredibly powerful, but still noble and true… The best of all things with none of the bad. Truth, Justice and the American Way… (you’d never guess that Superman is actually Canadian!)
But my point is, as strong and powerful as Superman may be, he still has a weakness: Kryptonite. Able to weaken and even kill him, kryptonite was the one thing that Superman could never overcome. And even though it’s a comic book, there’s an important lesson, there.
The importance behind how hard you train should be directly related to the fact that no matter how strong or skilled you get, there will always be someone stronger. That’s just a fact of life. But by giving your training the maximum effort you can muster, you ensure that you can continue to grow and progress, and should the day ever come that you face an opponent, your odds of getting out in one piece are much better.
One good example of this is Diabetes. Diabetes is my kryptonite. It weakens me, leaves me vulnerable and gets in the way of even some of the simplest joys in life. But I’ve trained and conditioned myself for decades to overcome and outsmart my kryptonite. And through training, education and help from the appropriate healthcare professionals, I’m much better prepared to deal with it (even though at times, it still weakens me!)
Sometimes overcoming our weaknesses means taking steps and pursuing treatments that we personally don’t approve of. I can certainly attest to having been prescribed medications or been put on diets or treatment regiments that I haven’t liked or wanted to do. But sometimes getting over one’s kryptonite requires swallowing our pride, and recognizing that it’s for the greater good. It’s not a weakness to accept these treatments or the help that comes with them. In fact, recognizing that you need the help and accepting it takes more strength than we usually care to acknowledge. Especially if you find yourself in a life situation where there are many loved ones who depend and count on you.
There are always ways to be fit, get stronger and stay healthy. The trick is finding what works for you, then sticking with it no matter whether you like or not. Because no matter what personal kryptonite you face today, there may be bigger fish to fry tomorrow. ☯