On July 17, a tiny hero busted into theaters; however, as of September 15, his movie has made over $395,051,488 in box office ticket sales worldwide. Like everyone else, I had my doubts if Marvel was going to pull off making a decent movie of a man who can shrink and talk to ants; however, I was pleasantly surprised, for Ant-Man over night became one of my favorite Marvel movies, though I do wish that the cussing level in it was toned down.
This tiny hero proved that there is no size when fighting evil. That even the smallest things, ant-size–atomic-size, can make a difference. You think that we would have learned this lesson by now, with role models such as the short Jedi master, Yoda, “Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you?,” the small Hobbits who saved Middle Earth, and petite David who took down the mighty Goliath, yet tis easy for us to forget, and doubt, and so we constantly need reminded.
You are never too young to make a difference, nor are you too old. You don’t have to be an athlete, famous, or more educated to make change now. And being short, doesn’t make you any less of a person. Our society places so much emphasis on physical appearance and ability; but today, I’m challenging you to rise above society’s expectations and “Do Hard Things,” as the Harris twins would say, for what credentials does society have that makes it so wise? You can accomplish great things if you put your mind to it, the only one holding you back–is you. And you will never know, unless you attempt to do so.
What if, a friend gave you a ratted, water-damaged, cardboard box. And he told you that there was a gold nugget within it–but you never open it. You look at the box, shake it like a Christmas present, but you never look inside, never knowing if there is actually gold in the box. There may be, or may be there’s not because your friend lied to you, but you never really know, because you never opened the box. You may succeed, or you may fail; however, how will you know unless you attempt to do so?
We live in both a big world, with over 7.3 billion people, but we also live in a shrinking world, because of the constant advancement of technology that is connecting us (just like Ant-Man, who can both grow to be giant and shrink to the submicroscopic (read the comics)). You may be one in 7 billion; however, to quote a cheesy but enjoyable movie, Dinotopia, “One raindrop raises the sea.” Be that raindrop, and make a difference.