I will admit that I am uninteresting to most people. I am “mostly harmless” and “slightly above average” in most regards. Certainly nothing that really stands out when you look at me or even talk to me. I am a Supporting Character and that is what we do. We downplay ourselves in favor of the stronger character, with the more interesting story. I am James Bond’s “Q” or Batman’s Robin… well maybe not quite Robin. One of the many Robin’s does get his own identity after a while, as Nightwing. I am still less interesting than the people I surround myself with.
Right now, I am a Supporting Character. I support people that pass some sort of instinctual criteria that I have. I look for the lions in the making. People who are fighting for their dreams and goals. The people who keep getting back up after getting knocked down, no matter how beat up they may be.
“Fall seven times, stand up eight.” Your Supporting Character will be there to help you every time. We will brush you off, put bandages on your wounds and help you find a way to get back on the path. That is what we do. We are quite happy doing it to. It is our way to touch greatness or be a part of something bigger and better than ourselves.
I would not mind being like Robin, getting my own identity after a while. I do have my own story and dreams. They are not as dramatic as Batman’s, but they still exist. I have been supporting the lions for quite a while, I might be ready to join them in the fight for my dreams.
It has taken a while for me to reach the point where I want to be a Main Character. There is a crazy amount of courage required to take the steps. You have to trust in yourself and know your limits. You have to have your own cast of Supporting Characters. You have to trust that your Support System will let you bounce back if you do fail. So much courage is needed, so much trust.
I know what I am capable of as a Support Character. I do not know if that translates well to being a Main Character. I can only hope it is and have the courage to take that leap. Like many of those that I have supported.