When my son Tom was 4 years old, he loved the television show, The Greatest American Hero. He used to put a towel down the back of his shirt (like super man), get out his little portable record player, play the theme song (which was a single 45) and run around the living room. The show was about an unsuspecting school teacher who, all of the sudden, is asked to take on a “super-human” life, but the instruction manual is lost, so on his way to saving the day, he messes up a lot.
I really love the lyrics to the theme song. They are so full of hope and the thought that life can be an exciting adventure. Things can change in the blink of an eye. The opening that we have been waiting for can be there when we turn around, pick up the phone, or answer an email. It feels, sometimes like we have lost the instruction manual to life…we want solid direction (in print please!) but it comes in subtle ways: a hunch, feeling, a “knowing.” Our lives are the “Hero’s Journey”…we just forget this at times.
Like the lyrics to the Greatest American Hero theme song…we take a chance, follow the still small voice inside, and then….
“Look at what’s happened to me…I can’t believe it myself. Suddenly I’m up on top of the world, it should have been somebody else. Believe it or not, I’m walking on air, I never thought I could feel so free. Flying away on a wing and a prayer, who could it be? Believe it or not it’s just me!” (words to “Believe it or Not” theme song for Greatest American Hero)
Enjoy this blast from the past on you tube!