I am an unashamed fan of Wonder Woman. Family members reminisced about how I used to wrap a towel around my neck and run around the house singing the “Woman Woman” theme song. (No, that wasn’t a typo. My ability to get song lyrics wrong was apparent even at the young ages of 3 and 4.)
But I honestly forgot about my love for Diana, Amazon Princess, as my obsessions turned to more important things like “The Muppet Babies” and “Smurfs,” and “Scooby Doo.” It wasn’t until she started popping up again on lunch boxes and backpacks a few short years ago that I remembered this strong, fearless superhero who sacrificed her own comfort for the sake of mankind.
I didn’t quite get the selflessness of Wonder Woman when I was a child. I was far too enamored with her invisible plane, bullet-repellant cuffs and tiara. Now as an adult, I have a very different perspective. My focus is less on her power and abilities and more on her character and goodwill.
My husband and I were present at the earliest showings of the Wonder Woman movie that came out in 2017. I could hardly stay in my seat as Wonder Woman charged out into No Man’s Land, unable to understand why nobody else was doing anything to save innocent people on the other side. My heart leaped as she took all of the fire from the enemy frontlines, allowing the soldiers around her the ability to charge forward. She did not think twice. She did what she knew had to be done to save lives. She was fierce!
I’ve now been working at Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center for more than a year, and I can’t believe there was ever a time that I vowed not to give blood because I did not volunteer for anything involving needles. How incredibly selfish was I? I mean, for someone who admired Wonder Woman, this was the opposite of Amazon Princess-like behavior. Plus, there are no bullets, no war, no enemies.
All I have to do to save lives is sit in a chair for an hour while watching the little TVs The Blood Center provides or catching up on social media on my phone. They even bring you blankets, drinks and snacks if you ask nicely.
I will never be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, fly or be faster than a speeding bullet, but I can save lives … and it turns out it’s super easy.
Hope to see you soon, my fellow hero friends, because our work never ends.