On Friday, I went to see the new Batman movie, which was as amazing as I thought it would be. Batman has always been my favorite hero because he is the most realistic and I could totally see myself doing what he does (if I had all the cool stuff he did that made me invincible along with the training he had). It also doesn’t hurt that when Bruce Wayne isn’t Batman he is a billionaire playboy. To get back on topic, after seeing this movie I decided to watch the first Batman movie of the Christian Bale era. In this movie I was inspired by a profound statement. It is funny how many truly amazing profound statements can be found in super hero movies/ comics, such as the famous “with great power comes great responsibility.” The funny part is though that people feel silly using them because they are from a comic. However, they still hold true no matter the source but I am getting off track again. I guess I just have a bit of ADD today.
Anyway back to Batman. In the first movie, Batman Begins, Bruce’s friend says to him, “it is not who you are underneath, it’s what you do that defines you.” I will let that sink in for a minute. . . Think about what that statement says. You could be the nicest person in the world on the inside but that doesn’t matter if you don’t act upon it. It reminds me of the saying that the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
I find this quote so relevant to me in my live right now. Through my live and this blog, I am trying to figure out who I am and live according to the definition I see for myself. I write about a lot of different lessons I want to teach myself but the truth is I don’t always follow through with them. Yes, it is a lot easier said than done and sometimes I let things slide. This quote however, has opened my eye to how truly important it is to act as you want to be. To act in a way that who you are underneath is shown by what you do.
The first step to do this is to find a definition of yourself and who you want to be as a person. No, you do not have to be Mother Teresa or Gandhi but maybe you want to be a little kinder. I have come up with 5 values that I want to live by (click here if you want to see what those are). The next step is to make sure that I am not just trying to be them on the inside but that I am actually living by those values so that they can define me.
I am going to stop just thinking about who I want to be and make sure that I am actually being who I want to be. I am a firm believer in the cliché actions speak louder than words; so I am going to make sure my actions fit the definition of myself that I have underneath. Do you know who you want to be? Do your actions define who you are underneath?