Over the years, I’ve had a few people say I look like Peter Parker.
Peter Parker/Spider-Man was one of many characters created by Stan Lee.
In his 95 years of life, he made an two kinds of “impact”: deep and wide.
In his lifetime, he achieved a goal all creators strive for: to create art which survives long after you are gone. Because his work, letters to fans and cameos, he was beloved by millions. This was his wide impact.
To make a wide impact like this is something many of us strive for but is dependent on hard work and the help of others.
But Stan Lee also made a deep impact. You see, many of us are posting about his death, but we aren’t going to really “miss” him. We will just miss his cameos.
But his family, friends, and the people he interacted with are truly mourning right now. The deep impact he made by being apart of their lives is something that he won’t be remembered for, but I would argue that is was the most important.
Our wide impact goals may never be fully achieved, but our deep ones can. We can choose daily to be a loving family member and friend.
To quote Stan Lee: “Another definition of a hero is someone who is concerned about other people’s well-being, and will go out of his or her way to help them, even if there is no chance of a reward. That person who helps others simply because it should or must be done, and because it is the right thing to do, is indeed without a doubt, a real superhero”
Go ahead and make as wide of an impact as you can. Change the world for as many people as possible.
But the deep impact, the kind you don’t get rewarded for, is the biggest difference you can make.
It’ll make you a superhero.