Here’s my favorite quote from Captain America:
“A strong man who has known power all his life lose respect for that power, but a weak man knows the value of strength, and knows compassion.”
And Spiderman Homecoming:
Peter Parker: I’m nothing without the suit.
Tony Stark: The more you shouldn’t have it.
How true. The things we hold onto most tightly are the exact things we should let go. Because if not, it becomes an unhealthy idol, the more we can’t live without it, the more danger we put ourselves to, let ourselves and our worth be defined by it.
I realize I can learn so much from Marvel. Thor used to think he’s nothing without his hammer. The more he shouldn’t have it, because it actually hurts him. After it has been taken away from him, how much true potential within him was uncovered?
And Doctor Strange:
Ancient One: Arrogance and fear still keep you from learning the simplest and most significant lesson of all.
Strange: Which is?
Ancient One: It is not about you.
but really at heart, Doctor Strange is about losing one of the things that define you (in this case, his work) and this sense of salvation when you embark on a journey to rediscover yourself.
Forget self-pity and panic and pride. What will be your mission now?
Something that I always ask myself whenever I fall.