What Would Iron Man Do?
“The world needs you to be healthy.”
I’ve tried several times to put my efforts of overcoming a severe physical ailment into words, but to be frank, no one has done it as well as Steve Kamb over at www.nerdfitness.com.
Unless you’ve been in a cave or stuck in a rip of the spacetime continuum, you’ll know the fictional Iron Man is the nom de guerre of Tony Stark, whose suit is powered by a reactor that also kept him from dying. Stark was injured an explosion that left shrapnel dangerously inside him, inching ever closer to his heart. The magnetic reactor kept the metal shards from entering his heart, which would have instantly killied him.
The shrapnel is part of Tony Stark. It defines him. But he did not let it ruin him. Not only did Stark build the reactor to cheat death and save himself, he then used it to power his Iron Man suit, which in turn gave him incredible abilities and the power to do good for the world.
It’s a great narrative. We all carry burdens that we might not necessarily want but they are part of us nonetheless… physical, mental, spiritual, psychological. And it’s up to us to decide how we will let that affect us, and the world around us.
I’ve just started building my suit. Physically I continue to work on my ankle in terms of strength, mobility, and range of motion, which in turn has helped me have a wonderful quality of life at every level. Friends around me can tell the difference, I feel I have confidence and purpose, and I’m back in control. And I use my own story to help others whenever I can, because I know what it’s like to feel defeated.
Give it a read if you are struggling with something, because whatever that is, it’s part of you. And start building your Iron Man suit today, too.
Thanks, Steve. Well done.