Like many, I am a big Iron Man fan. Robert Downey, Jr. does a phenomenal job once again in Marvel’s Avenger’s Endgame movie. I won’t spoil it for you if you haven’t seen it yet, but I will share a lesson from both the movie and the man.
As Tony Stark aka Iron Man, his past is riddled with insane ego, self-centeredness, and over-the-top behavior. Interesting that in real life, Robert Downey, Jr. also struggled with demons such as drugs and alcohol. Back in April of 1996, he was arrested for possession of heroin, cocaine, and an unloaded .357 Magnum handgun while driving recklessly on Sunset Boulevard.
Iron Man faced death numerous times throughout the franchise, and it changed him. He became more compassionate, loyal, and focused. In real life, you only need to watch any movie RDJ is in, and you see a different person than in the past. Both the character and the man had a choice. They could go down the path that led to destruction or take the narrow, more difficult path of self- improvement.
I am inspired by Iron Man and RDJ because of the strength and courage they displayed to overcome their past and become a better version of themselves. I guess that is one of the reasons he will be one of my favorite characters and actors always. I admire people who decide to shed what doesn’t serve them well and replace it with what does. It is only then we can come fully into our destiny.
You are not YOUR past
We don’t have to be a super hero or famous actor to say goodbye to what is holding us back. The power lies within us to close that door, lock it, and open a new one. It takes hard work, but we will be proud of the person who comes out the other side. Be bold; be daring; be better! Hats off to Iron Man and Robert Downey, Jr. You have my respect and gratitude.
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