Mind of Steel

If you have seen the movie, “The Man of Steel,” you’d remember a specific scene when Clark(Henry Cavill, AKA Superman) was a kid in school.

The scene basically goes like this: The young superman, no older than ten, is sitting in class and is having a serious panic attack. He is experiencing a surge of his ability to see in x-ray vision, while also being able to hear even the slightest sound as if it were a bomb dropping. You can clearly see it is affecting his ability to pay attention in class, but more so, it is affecting his ability to even move.

When the teacher addresses him, Clark runs away and hides himself in a closet. After the teacher and the entire class come to see what’s going on, Clark is able to hear kids talking behind his back, making fun of him, and calling him names. Finally, Clark’s mother comes in, and something that hits me really hard happens…

Dialogue(“Man of Steel”, 2013):

Martha Kent:
Sweetie. How can I help you if you won’t let me in?

Clark Kent – age 9:
The world’s too big, Mom.

Martha Kent:
Then make it small. Just, um, focus on my voice. Pretend it’s an island out in the ocean. Can you see it?

Clark Kent – age 9:
I see it.

Martha Kent:
Then swim towards it, honey.

Clark Kent – age 9:
[comes out from the room] What’s wrong with me, Mom?

Martha Kent:
Clark.

Every time I see this scene, it makes me tear up. It resonates very deeply with me because if you have ever experienced an anxiety attack or have had OCD, you can relate. All of your senses are heightened, you feel like everything and everyone is attacking you or judging you, and you feel like something’s wrong with you. Worst of all, you feel alone. There is nothing that you think you can do to help yourself, but the biggest thing that happens, and it is even said during the scene, is that people can’t help you if you don’t let them in. So what does Clark do? He let’s his mom help him. Look what he became. That can be you too.

You need to let people in. People want to help you. They want to make your world small when it’s too big. Even Superman needed help. Not even a superhero can’t fight this battle on their own, and neither can you. Ask for help, talk to someone, anything. You have a superhero inside you waiting to help the world. You don’t even know what beautiful things await you in the future from that one decision to get the help you need today. If Clark can become Superman, you can too.

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The Mental Health Minute was started as a way for individuals to come together and talk about their own mental health struggles, as well as seek advise from others on how to deal with these areas of their life.

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