By: Krystle Crossman
Writer Kenneth Braswell told a story of how he met with two different groups of people. He stated that he met with men who were homeless and men who were former prisoners. He said that one of the things that stood out to him about the groups of men that he met with was that they were all dressed well and had a desire to better their lives. He said he never would have known that they were former prisoners or homeless men. He wondered to himself where these men would have ended up in life if they had been told that they were capable of being great? What could they have done with their lives if they thought that they had a chance of being as successful as they could be?
Braswell thought about his own life and what people had told him as he was growing up. He didn’t remember anyone telling him that he could soar either, but he knew that he could. He said that his five year old son loves superheroes and has all kinds of different costumes. He helps his son to believe that he can change the world. He says that somewhere in their lives young boys stop believing that they can do amazing things and no one lets them know that they still can, even if they can’t be a “superhero”.
When boys are young they see these heroes that fight crime and use their superpowers to save the world. They need someone to help them understand that they have superpowers all on their own. If young boys believe that they can go farther and do amazing things they will be able to achieve anything that they set their mind to. Braswell says that he has daughters too and believes that someday they will find a man who has had these beliefs instilled in them.