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Super Hero Or Super Human? The Role We Play

For as long as I can remember, I have been mesmerized by the silver screen. For me, films are not just a way to fill a couple of hours before I go to bed or watch because Sunday is a rain filled wash out; I’m not complaining, a good film somehow shuts out the dark and gloomy weather better than any double glazed window. Film genres are endless and the smallest idea transformed on the big screen will live forever.

The Super Hero knows all about living forever and uses his or her special powers to fight their adversary saving a world that could have been doomed! Great if you have an imagination as wonderful as the writers of these fantastical scripts and makers of these blockbusters. However, there is something misleading about Super Hero’s, sorry to disappoint but it’s highly likely that the powers they own have been made up for your enjoyment only, they don’t really exist but Super Human’s do.

Indiana Jones played by Harrison Ford, in my opinion, epitomizes the Super Human. He doesn’t wear a cape flying from one damsel  in distress to another, no extra sensory perceptions to hear the cries of people trapped in a burning building and he doesn’t turn green or quadruple in size when he is enraged. The one thing Indie does have is strength, I’m not speaking of the strength that can lift a car with one hand but an inner strength that all believers have.

This strength comes from will alone and the knowledge that some things are worth fighting for. No one really wants to fight as this implies struggle and inevitable confrontation with forces that hold you back or stand in the way of your dreams and visions; but what about the good fight? For the greater good. My interpretation of the greater good is doing what’s right for everyone including yourself; or at least something that won’t cause damage or trauma.

This notion and action is not about power but empowering yourself and those around you. No twisting of arms or tactical games, no mind altering substances to give you that momentary edge or hide-away and no guilty conscience to bare. If what you wish for isn’t hurtful to anyone there is no reason why you shouldn’t, at your own pace, try to achieve it. This strength is the most respected, adored, admired and commended by anyone watching your biographical story…an epic in the making.

© Michelle Sotiriou 2014

“But choose wisely, for while the true Grail will bring you life, the false Grail will take it from you” – The Grail Knight

Indiana Jones – The Last Crusade

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My Travels: Girl’s On a Greek Island

Dilemma’s, two possibilities but which do you choose?

Collette and I decided to escape to the sun. It was October and rainy London wasn’t very appealing so off we went to Rhodes for a girlie holiday. A holiday with a friend can test your relationship but not for me and Collette the girl from Liverpool, 20 years on and our friendship is still strong.

Our apartment was on a steep hill next to an army base (this is what happens when you book a last-minute cheap deal) so we decided to hire a scooter to get us to the beach. The man we hired it from was dodgy to say the least and didn’t look the type to be messed with. He may have been the Don of the island for all we knew and was probably known as ‘The Papa’ to anyone who feared him.

To cut a long story short, we crashed our mode of transport! We reached the top of that god forsaken hill and lost our balance. If this was a romance novel the soldiers from the barracks would be jumping over the fence to come and rescue the damsels in distress but this was more of a thriller than Mills and Boon. So there we were broken scooter and blooded knees…I still have the scars to remind me.

We were faced with an Olympic dilemma; take the broken the scooter back to ‘The Papa’ explain what happened and accept our fate or leave it outside his place of ‘business’ in the middle of the night? This covert operation would take some planning and after weighing up our limited options we decided to dumped it outside his shop…dishonest maybe but we were two girl’s in a foreign land and scared very scared!

The next day we sat in the local bar hiding behind our shades when a girl rode up in a scooter that had a familiar crack on the front; we recognized it instantly. Our unfortunate scooter was now in the hands of someone else. I can’t even begin to explain the relief we felt at that moment, this called for a bottle of Ouzo! We duped ‘The Papa’! There was no contest when faced with not one but two women with a brain, the downfall of gangsters throughout history.

Funny, we wanted to escape the British weather and ended up trying to escape from the sunshine of a Greek Island…imagine! It seems to me that when faced with a dilemma, trying to figure out which choice is the right one means taking a chance or that neither may be right at all. What if there is another option that you just can’t see because you are blinded by panic, fear even love?

As for me, I just want to reach a place where the sun shines. Metaphorically speaking, that could be anywhere.

© Michelle Sotiriou 2014