It is with the gravest tone I write to inform you that I have learned we have an imposter in our ranks. I didn’t think it was so, but here we are, and I wanted to address it post-haste: yes, I’m told some of you don’t feel like heroes. That beyond the ordinary ups and downs of not feeling very strong, brave, or heroic, many of you feel as though you tricked your way into the rank and file of heroes who are fundamentally different than you, and you are, in fact, an imposter.
I need to address something today, and I hope I’m not too late. You may have noticed something on your journey: movement out of the corner of your eye, muffled footsteps deep behind you, or the eery feeling that someone—or something—is watching you. I don’t want you to look now, but you are being followed. It’s okay—it’s part of the plan—but it’s time I introduced you to the next character of your story: your shadow.
It seems we’ve made a major mistake in your training—it’s my fault. I assumed too much, but even so, I was shocked that so many of you don’t understand what really makes a hero. I know, because many of you have started to question whether you are a hero—as if that wasn’t part of the gig!
I can’t say I have any particular great love for the news—it feels like every time one of my heroes gets too deep into any of the different stations, they end working themselves into an anxious mess. And with good reason, because it seems every time I find myself reading the news it seems to be an endless parade of doom, despair, and tragedy.