She’d completely messed up and it had almost killed her family. I’m talking about Violet from The Incredibles. Syndrome fires rockets at the plane they’re all in and Violet can’t get her strengths in line…she’s had years of ignoring them…and using them to hide.
The metaphors in this film are brilliant; Violet, doesn’t want to be seen and doesn’t want anyone to get close to her can literally go invisible and put an impenetrable force field around herself. Dash might be the most hyperactive kid in animation history – and he can move at lightning speed, and as for Jack Jack, well babies can be anything, unlimited potential…and he does. In both Violet and Dash’s case their superpowers are also their greatest liability, Violet hides from everyone and Dash is always in trouble. The thing that both holds them back, makes them special is ultimately is the very thing that makes them great, but only when they choose to use their gifts well.
We ALL have super power – an area of genius – something we do better than the people around us. This doesn’t make us better than they are; it doesn’t make us superior; it makes us human. When our strengths work together with the strengths of those around us we become truly superhuman – and super humans.
When Dash and Violet accept their own strengths and the strengths of each other, they form an unstoppable combination. Seriously, just check out the hamster ball they create…it’s brilliant.
I have to admit I’ve spent a HUGE part of my life going between wishing I had the strengths of the people around me and being so full of my own magnificence that I can’t work with anyone else. Both of these has held me back. I have strengths, so do you. Let’s see what we can accomplish when we acknowledge both ourselves and those around us…we can be unstoppable too.