Sunday, March 10, 2019

Tip#1136: Discover Your Cinematic Role Models, Part 6 - Captain Marvel

Empowerment: The process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one's life and claiming one's rights. 

I have written before on this blog that I was bullied as a child and it became a regular experience throughout grade school (see Tip#817). Through my new therapy group program I recently had an epiphany that I actually had “the right” to feel safe on my first day of grade school but that right was taken away from me. And since then I programmed myself to get used to being picked on and physically hurt and even expected it. I told myself that it was okay and that belief had consequences for the rest of my life.

Being bullied definitely left scars as an adult that caused subconscious fears to keep me from being the best version of myself. It’s the same with negative, unsupportive words that people say to us as children that keep us from our full potential later in life. Being told you can’t do this or do that, or to just give up trying can lock up our inner strengths.

Thankfully I always get a sense of comfort when I find films with movie heroes that mirror similar childhood challenges. They help me feel that I am not alone in my struggles. And when that main character finds a way to break free of that programming and unleash the brightest and best version of them selves it always shines a path for me to follow! And that makes me feel empowered!

Captain Marvel (2019)

The superhero action film, Captain Marvel, is set in 1995, where Kree warrior, Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) is caught in the middle of an intergalactic battle between her people and the Skrulls. She is also on a journey of self-discovery for her true connection with Earth as U.S. Air Force pilot Carol Danvers. This visually exciting action film has amazing space battles, humorous scenes and is loaded with references to other movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Annette Bening, Lashana Lynch and Jude Law.

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It’s a slow journey onscreen to seeing Captain Marvel in her full glory and yet it is her journey of self-discovery that’s a mirror for anyone else's slow, therapeutic process of unraveling years worth of negative programming. You see Danvers go through piecing together fractured memories of who she really is. You also see scenes from her childhood of people telling her she can’t do this or do that or to give up trying. But no matter how many times she was knocked down she kept getting back up.

Despite being able to shoot amazing photon blasts with her hands, Danvers eventually recognizes her true inner strength is resilience. And when she does, higher levels of her super powers are unleashed in a series of epic battles in space! She is able to reclaim her right to be the best version of herself.

“I just want you to be the best version of yourself.” 
 Captain Marvel (2019) 

In the end Danvers/Captain Marvel is one incredible, kick-ass female superhero! She demonstrates what empowerment is. Her physical powers and her inner strengths of resilience, perseverance and courage makes her an instant cinematic role model for anyone of all ages!

If we have the courage to piece together our own fractured memories from childhood we can discover the negative programming that have hurt and stifled us in our adult lives. Through supportive professionals, psychiatric therapy, holistic therapies, motivational speakers and books we can begin to unlock the best versions of ourselves. And when we can find cinematic role models that speak to us they will remind us of our resilience AND right to be empowered!

Related Tips:
Tip#1133: Discover Your Cinematic Role Models, Part 5 - Alita: Battle Angel 
Tip#1076: Strong Women in the Movies, Part 7 - Molly’s Game 
Tip#742: Resilience Is Your Hidden Super Power, Part 4 – The Pianist 
Tip#1105: Resilience Resources, Part 24 – Mission: Impossible – Fallout 

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