Not Playing Small: Superhero Spider-Man Ellie Evangelista

I stumbled across an article about a 4 year old little girl who loves playing pretend and dressing up as Spider-Man. Ellie Evangelista was told by the boys in her school that she could not do this because she was a girl. My heart broke.
Here was little Ellie being taught in Pre-K that she is supposed to play small. She’s supposed to limit herself. She’s supposed to do the thing that’s acceptable by her peers.

There are so many people with crushed dreams out there in the world. So many adults who were told as children that they could not and should not. These crazy ideas being reinforced through the teenage years with lots of fear-mongering/warnings/stern talks etc. Playing small is an epidemic. Staying in our little boxes is a shame. We kill ourselves with stress, sadness, fear and anxiety rather than rocking the boat. Labels and expectations are killing us. We drop dead at our jobs or being the good christians that we are- wait until the first day of retirement. We should be loving ourselves and stop letting others define us.

Ellie’s family and neighborhood rallied around her to show her that girls and boys can be any superhero they choose by organizing an Uptown Superheroes March. I was so moved by her story that I spent my Sunday surrounded by SUPERHeroes that came in all shapes and sizes.

I learned that our one job in life is to love. We love by extending kindness to others regardless of who they are or how they act.

We need to stop putting limits on how we love or who we think is worthy of our attention and love. We should give our love away- sprinkle it all over our lives like glitter- make it all sparkle! Love & kindness above all else- what a world that would be!

I think it’s about time we stop judging. The future needs us loving ourselves and by extension, others. Our lives depend on us getting this right- the world needs us to get this right. We must heal. It begins with the children. It begins now with us. 
We should start teaching our children that we are all SuperHeroes. Our superpower is LOVE.

And since we are talking about play we might as well talk about work… Our ONLY, no, no, no…

Let me rephrase that…
THAT’S IT. NO MORE AND NO LESS. This getting up and going into work chasing our rat tails is over. We put the rat in Rat Race. Stop doing it to yourself. You can walk out at any moment. The only one keeping you down and in that desk and attending to that sucky job- is YOU! You did it, now undo it. Go out, put on your cape and go play with the children- because they seem to know a thing or two about acceptance… and this whole LOVE business.
You can thank me later for the tough love – You’re Welcome!
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