A Video from InfinityList.com:
In February 2011, the five times world champions Fred Fugen and Vince Reffett from Soul Flyers were invited to Melbourne to provide advanced 3D coaching to some of Australia's leading Skydive athlete talent.
I ran across this video recently, and it triggered two thoughts:
1. Wouldn't it be cool to fly?
2. What happened to that TV show Heroes (a character on that show could fly).
The link between both of these thoughts is that of having a superpower; some sort of ability that sets you apart. I remember that on Heroes not everybody had a cool superpower. And, very few of the characters were willing to play up to the superhero moniker. It's quiet a big ask to always save the world. We always see Superman ride to the rescue to save Metropolis from some sort of impending danger, but what of all the other atrocities occurring that he has to ignore. How does he choose who to help and who to ignore?
As a kid I always thought there was something special about me. I think most children do. As I grew older I continued to think this thought, which you might now call confidence or arrogance. But when you think of human creation and the many miracles in nature, surely you must consider that we all are truly special. When you think of how the subconscious moderates the body, or how we are able to plan and reason, and build cities - you have to wonder at our brilliance.
Special powers can come in different forms; it's not just a case of leaping into the air and soaring above the skies. It could be something we take for granted.
As I write this I'm watching the Paralympics London 2012, and I'm inspired by the valiant displays on show. The tag line for this event and the phrase used to describe the athletes is Super Humans. Their special power is their mindset. Whether they've lost limbs or been born with some form of physical disability, they've not let that get the better of them. They've found that, 'every adversity has the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit' (Napoleon Hill).
Some take for granted all that is given to them. The ability to walk, talk, laugh, run, stand, sit. Do they really appreciate how blessed and special they are? If they lost one of these abilities, would they look in awe at those that can walk, talk, laugh, run, stand, sit? They would at least remember fondly the many times when they could do such things for themselves.
The point I think I'm trying to make, is that unless we appreciate the gifts we've already been given our ability to receive or recognise more gifts is limited. We must begin to look at our lives as an experiment - to be lived and explored.
When I created Nayland House I wanted him to have a mysterious special quality. I would describe him as mentally strong and well schooled, but his education did not come from any of the grand institutions that teach our lawyers, politicians, bankers, etc. And, it goes deeper than just street smarts. It's a mentality. But the mystery is where did that mentality come from? In what place did someone leaning to think in such an incredible way?
I think Nayland allows us to explore our own abilities and delve deeper into our own thoughts, passions, and motivations to find what's special or unique about us. It's a personal journey, I don't think anybody can truly get to know you better than you can get to know yourself. So, let's explore and see where it leads us.
UPDATE 11th OCTOBER 2012:
Check out Felix Baumgartner's Top Freefalls, below