SPARK – 3 – Amber Lilyestorm – Episode 319 – Todd Herman on The Power of the Alter Ego
After a couple of weeks off, I got back to listening to a few podcasts this week. The one that stood out to me, that I wanted to share with you, is Amber Lilyestorm’s interview of Todd Herman. Todd’s story in itself is inspiring, and I’ve added his book to my (long) list of books I want to read.
There is one line that really caught my attention during this interview. Apparently, it is a line that stood out to Amber too, as she mentioned it was from his book.
“Who do you think is the alter ego – Superman or Clark Kent?”
My first instinct as well as most of you (I think) was to say, Superman. Right? Clark Kent is the guy that walked around most of the time – the guy who everyone saw – who went to work, spent time with Lois Lane, went to bed at night. That’s who he is.
Todd believes the opposite. He says that Superman is the real person. The essence of who he is. He created Clark Kent in order to blend into what society expected him to be – so that he could walk around and remain safe – so that he could excel at being Superman – his truest self.
That really struck a chord with me. Todd states (and I agree) that we put on a persona in order to blend into what the world expects us to be. In fact, we all have several. The person you show up as at work is different than the person you show up as when you walk into the house and see your spouse and kids. But inside, we all have a superhero that we hide away.
I think that I have let my alter ego(s) take over so much that I have forgotten who I really am inside. In fact, I remember as a child my Mum telling me that I was a different person with my friends than I was when it was just family. Isn’t that interesting that even as a child I automatically changed how I was allowing myself to be seen?
I believe that knowledge is half the battle. So that’s why I chose to talk a bit about this podcast episode today. I don’t know the answers. I don’t even know what the first step is going to be. All I can do is to keep walking the path that I’ve been on. The path of self-discovery and self-healing. And one day, this piece of the puzzle will find its spot.
“When you finally trust yourself, all bets are off.”
~ Todd Herman
Here is a link to the episode, so you can check it out for yourself. I would love to hear what you thought of it, let me know in the comments!