The picture of my son in 2018 wearing his Superman costume inspired this post. He looks so strong, confident and majestic. He truly believes that he can do anything. Which is why daily, I find myself having to convince him not to jump down the flight of stairs.
But, I don’t want that confidence to disappear. I want him to keep believing in himself. To strive for heights that most think are unachievable for him. I want to see him smash his goals, conquer the unconquerable and beat the stereotypes placed on him through statistics.
It is unfortunate when I only hear negative news, and see more negative images about men who look like my son. It kills me when I hear stories of black boys with bright futures who turn to a life of crime. Simply because they no longer see Superman as a true future. They once had bright smiles like my son , they once believed, but one day something happened.
It is important that we teach our sons they are our Superheroes, despite the negative depictions placed over them. We have to encourage our sons to take responsibility for their lives and hold them accountable for their actions. With confidence that, they can one day be the leading examples of our world.
I told my son that he has the power and ability to do whatever he desires. The same super powers he has when he puts on his cape now, will never leave him. That power will manifest in a different form, according to his human abilities to change the entire world.
So I tell my son, he is Superman.
We must tell our young men that he is, Superman.
From a Mom who loves and believe in her son..