Having a disability doesn’t mean you can’t be a superhero!

I never really thought about it until I came across the Netflix series “Daredevil.” The superhero is a BLIND lawyer by day and a crime-fighting, mask-wearing ninja fighter by night. Daredevil, also known as Matt Murdock, is a superhero who has a disability of being legally blind. When Matt was 9, he was in an accident where his eyes were burned by chemicals. Although he lost his ability to see, his other senses were extremely heightened (this actually happens to those who lose senses.) Matt’s sense of smell is so on point, he can smell any type of material in a room, such as the wood of a table, the rubber on a bandaid and the remnants of a meal eaten 24 hours ago. His sense of sound is so sharp it’s almost painful. If you meet him face to face, he is able to tell how you’re feeling due to the sound and rhythm of your heartbeat.

When Matt first became blind, he was scared! He was no longer the boy he had been for the past nine years. For awhile, Matt didn’t use his new heightened senses to his advantage; frankly, I think he didn’t know how to, until he met an older man named Stick. Stick had the same abilities and he used his senses as gifts. He was able to “see” everything around him, without the use of his eyes. In episode 7 of season 1, Stick returns to visit Matt and they reminisce about the day they first talked.

Stick: They think you’re getting worse but you’re not, you’re getting stronger, nobody feels sorry for you and nobody ever will
Stick: How old where you when you got blinded?
Matt: Nine
Stick: Nine? So you had nine whole years of looking at movies, blue skies, up girlie’s skirts, that I never had, I was born blind. You don’t hear me whining about it do you?
Matt: No
Stick: So you’re nine years old walking along minding your own business and whammo, you get hit by a truck, killed dead on the spot,
Matt: I wasn’t killed,
Stick: You lived? praise God, it’s a miracle. so you survive the truck and get this chemical shit in your eyes.

He continues to ask him about his new found senses. Matt can now hear just about everything. His heightened sense of sound is his new found gift. They continue…

Stick: What’s it going to be Matty? You gonna spend your life crying and rocking yourself to sleep at night? Or are you gonna dig deep and find out what it takes to reshuffle those cards life dealt you? Your call.

The advice from Stick may seem heartless, however he does have a point. Although we can do many things to help direct the path of our lives, sometimes things happen against our will that disrupts this path. In the moment, it seems understandable to wallow in your sorrows but overtime what good will that get you, your family or anyone else around you? We are all given a life and it’s up to us to choose how to live it. Perhaps it’s not the life you originally planned but if you choose to follow the path you’ve been given, perhaps you too would be a superhero. It’s up to you to find out!

If you don’t mind some action and suspense, take some time to watch Daredevil. It’s inspiring to watch how passionate, caring, strong and willing he is to do just about anything to get what he wants. Most of all, he’s using his abilities, his gift to do something that gives him life.

Michelle Wolfe

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