What’s your kryptonite?
What’s that thing that really cripples you?
According to Wikipedia:
Kryptonite is a material from the Superman mythos, specifically the ore form of a radioactive element from Superman’s home planet of Krypton.
The established premise is that Superman and other Kryptonian characters are susceptible to its radiation, which created usage of the term in popular culture as a reference to an individual’s perceived weakness, irrespective of its nature.
We see in the movies that Kryptonite is that thing that really makes Superman weak. It has such an immense power over him and that really makes him suffer. If we think really hard about it we all have our Kryptonite, don’t we? But what does that mean?
We all have problems, issues, events or situations that bring us down, that make us feel distressed. But deep down, there’s this one very powerful thing that really, really cripples us. It might be a family member, it might be an addiction or it might even be something you think is very stupid. But it exists and it will, every single time, bring you down.
We all do and I, of course, surely have mine. And again, what does it mean? How do we deal with it, how do we cope with it? I don’t believe there’s a simple and straight answer to those questions.
We all deal and cope with stuff in our life in different ways. There are strategies, guidelines or plans that might help. Give some hints. Draw a path. But what is really important is this: don’t let it completely consume your life.
Sure, it easy to say but hard to accomplish. There’s no magic trick, no secret sauce to deal with it. But the most important thing is not to get trapped, not to be diminished by it. There’s always a way, whatever that might mean.
Your Kryptonite will be that thing that will make every wonderful thing in your life seem irrelevant. It might consume you in a way that you won’t even recognize yourself. Don’t let it!